Posts in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

A bill to "dismantle" DEI was introduced in Congress.  

Employers are increasingly focusing on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, but DEI policies and practices often overlook issues relating to gender identity.  

Diversity efforts are not synonymous with discrimination.   

Chief Justice Roberts did say, "eliminating race discrimination means eliminating all of it."

The New England winter brings its usual charm in our neck of the wood, but for me, the excitement lies elsewhere - catching up on Oscar-nominated films before the big night. As the Oscar season approaches, I eagerly anticipate hosting my annual Oscar Party - a cherished tradition that brings together friends, family, fashion, film, and food. However, this year, the buzz surrounding the awards had a distinct undercurrent. The Academy's 2020 commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives sparked a range of opinions regarding this year's nominees and the selection process.

Today is National Equal Pay Day. They say that the average woman has to work from January 1, 2023, through March 12, 2024, to make as much money as a man who worked only in calendar year 2023.

While there are many conversations around the gender pay gap theory (for FAQs about the gender pay gap, read this), it’s still important for employers to ensure that their employees are paid equitably and without regard to race, sex, or any other legally protected characteristic. And it’s increasingly important for employers to be aware of – and comply with – any pay transparency laws that apply to them. 

So, in honor of the occasion, here are some tips on how employers can ensure that they are doing the right thing by their employees. 

Most companies invest time, energy, and money in marketing strategies to attract and retain their clients or customers. Companies spend significant resources on market research that tells them how to do this best. Organizations train, incentivize, reward, and promote employees who do this well. Companies often revise and upgrade strategies based on customer reviews and feedback. Most industries have considerable data analytics to help them maintain a competitive edge. However, emerging data reveals that most employers do not invest meaningfully in understanding their own employees’ experiences to minimize attrition.

President Biden’s nominee for the United States Supreme Court, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, begins her Senate confirmation hearing today. It marks a historic moment for our country.  If she is confirmed, Judge Jackson will be the first Black woman, the sixth woman, and the third Black justice to be on the Supreme Court.  For nearly two centuries, the Court's bench consisted exclusively of white men - of the 120 Supreme Court Justices since its creation, 115 have been men and 117 have been white.   

February marked our nation’s annual celebration of Black History. For twenty-eight days—and sometimes twenty-nine—we look back and acknowledge the accomplishments of African Americans and the impact they have had on our nation and society. Many see this as the time to research and celebrate the contributions of African Americans to this nation. Often these contributions include unfathomable loss and sacrifice intended to push our country to be a more equitable society. And while this month means so much to me, I can’t help but feel that Black History has been relegated to the proverbial “back of the bus,” treated separate and distinct from the rest of American History.

Building a diverse workforce has become a key business strategy, especially in today’s fast-paced, global marketplace. But, making profound shifts in the makeup of a workforce cannot be achieved overnight. There is also no one-size-fits-all approach to achieving a diverse workplace, but one key strategy is to examine how your current workforce feels.  Yes, feels. Marketing is about how a product or service makes you feel.  And, your employees are your best marketing tool. 

Diversity, equity, and inclusion has been the bedrock of our firm since we opened over 75 years ago. As we like to say, it is in our DNA. We believe that to foster diverse leadership and urge diversity of thought, we must do what we can to advance the conversation about diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and belonging in the workplace and the communities in which our workplaces thrive. Through our blog, we share our insights from the perspective of both an employer and employee, regarding emerging issues that affect diverse leaders and workforces. We hope you enjoy our tidbits of legal and practical information, wisdom, and humor. Thanks for joining the conversation!

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