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We help organizations develop customized diversity and inclusion initiatives that advance strategic objectives within the legal margins. The purpose of Littler's podcasts is to provide helpful information for employers, addressing the latest developments in labor and employment relations. They are not a substitute for experienced legal counsel and do not provide legal advice or attempt to address the numerous factual issues that arise in any employment-related issue.

Latest Episodes

113 - Rethinking Training – Bystander Intervention and Diversity & Inclusion Sessions

Asha Santos, Shareholder in Littler’s Boston office, explains the purpose of bystander intervention training and the value of diversity and inclusion sessions in today's workplace.

9 MIN2019 DEC 8
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113 - Rethinking Training – Bystander Intervention and Diversity & Inclusion Sessions

112 - What’s in a Name? Stamping Out Bias in Employment Screening Processes

Implicit bias in the workplace can start as early as the application process. A key study conducted by National Bureau of Economic Research found that significantly fewer employers responded to resumes listing stereotypically “black-sounding” names than resumes including similar qualifications but listing “white-sounding names.” Job advertisements might include words or phrases that – by accident or design – tend to draw applicants of a certain race or gender. How can employers recognize these unconscious biases in hiring and take steps to address them? Cindy-Ann Thomas, Littler Principal and Co-Chair of the firm's EEO and Diversity and Inclusion practice group, discusses these issues with Littler Shareholder Jeffrey Hanslick and Amy Peterson, Director of Parker and Lynch and Ajilon professional search firm.

42 MIN2019 APR 2
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112 - What’s in a Name? Stamping Out Bias in Employment Screening Processes

111 - The Incredible Shrinking Woman’s Earnings: The Gap is Bigger Than We Thought!

A newly-released study by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) states that the gender wage gap is more dismal than we thought. For every dollar earned by a man in a 15-year period, the study says, the average woman only makes 49 cents – and not 80 cents. Littler Principal Cindy-Ann Thomas and her guest, Littler Shareholder Yvette Gatling, examine the issue, discussing: • Some of the - well-known and lesser-known - reasons for the discrepancy between the long-held 20-cent shortfall and the IWPR’s latest finding of a 51-cent shortfall • Best practices and organizational trends in responding to the wage gap • The issue of organizational messaging about “pro-family” policies

32 MIN2018 DEC 18
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111 - The Incredible Shrinking Woman’s Earnings: The Gap is Bigger Than We Thought!

110 - But Companies Cannot Bear the Burden Alone

Last month, we focused on what courageous steps organizations will have to take in response to emerging cultural shift reflected in movements that include “#MeToo” and “Times Up.” However, if meaningful culture change is going to ever happen, is too much of the national conversation focused on what companies need to do? Littler Principal Cindy-Ann Thomas and Rockhurst University Communication Professor, Dr. LaKresha Graham consider the following: • Why “Training Day” can’t be the only solution to changing dysfunctional gender dynamics and response cultures in the workplace • The link between early gender-based socialization messages and the proliferation of sexism at work • What and how other entities can work to preempt the various forms of gender-based disrespect that eventually show up at work. If you would like to hear more from Cindy-Ann about this topic, she will be a Littler panelist on this year’s Executive Employer’s Diversity Summit.

35 MIN2018 FEB 20
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110 - But Companies Cannot Bear the Burden Alone

109 - Transforming Today’s Sex Scandals into Tomorrow’s Strides for Women at Work

It’s 2018, but the sexual harassment scandals and #MeToo movement that closed out 2017 are sure to shape the year – and years – ahead. From Hollywood Boulevard to Main Street, USA, no industry has been spared. But for all the turmoil that business leaders are either witnessing or enduring, they may have an opportunity to seize this moment and establish a dramatically new normal. In this podcast, Littler Principal Cindy-Ann Thomas and Jane Miller, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of The Gallup Organization, offer in-depth discussion and analysis of the answers to these questions and more: - The link between sexual harassment and the presence of women in leadership positions - Shifting mindsets about how organizations evaluate “financial interests” and the benefits of being gender-diverse - How organizations should guard against any backlash associated with the #MeToo movement, and - Whether new “rules” will need to be carved out for how men and women intera...

43 MIN2018 JAN 9
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109 - Transforming Today’s Sex Scandals into Tomorrow’s Strides for Women at Work

108 - Affinity Groups – Relevant or Relics?

Affinity groups have been receiving mixed reviews from many of late. These groups have been lauded for improving the business, bolstering employee loyalty, and fostering a sense of community. However, these groups have also been criticized for creating employee silos, encouraging distrust and division, and functioning as mere “gripe sessions.” Littler Principal Cindy-Ann Thomas and her guests Patty Olsen, Chief Human Resources Officer of Huron, and Dr. Isaac Dixon, Associate Vice-President of Portland State University, examine both the pitfalls and opportunities associated with affinity groups. They explore the following questions, among many others: - Fifty years later, are affinity groups still really necessary? Or are such groups actually more necessary than ever right now, in light of our evolving socio-political climate? - What are the reasons behind any increase in cynicism associated with affinity groups and how can they be addressed? - When and under what conditions can th...

50 MIN2017 OCT 3
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108 - Affinity Groups – Relevant or Relics?

107 - The “People of Color” Label: Is It Time To Move The Needle (Again)?

Cindy-Ann Thomas and her guests Littler Shareholder Allan King, and author and historian Carroll “C.R.” Gibbs provide a multi-faceted examination of the label “People of Color.” In this podcast, Cindy-Ann, Allan, and C.R. address the following, head-on: - What are the historical underpinnings for the “People of Color” label? - Does or should any particular one racial group “own” this label? - What are the social and legal challenges associated with this designation? - What are the shortcomings and advantages for an organization that applies this term to categorize its D&I initiatives? - Is it time to update this term? Or is “People of Color” an expression that is here to stay for the foreseeable future? Listen to this podcast to hear an in-depth discussion and analysis of the answers to these questions and more. People sometimes struggle with identity labels, in a genuine effort not to offend. We can help organizations in their D&I training efforts on complex topics like t...

57 MIN2017 AUG 22
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107 - The “People of Color” Label: Is It Time To Move The Needle (Again)?

106 - Diversity Ownership: Does It Really Matter Who’s Running the Show?

For those organizations that don’t have a dedicated Diversity & Inclusion Officer, many continue to experiment with where to house their D&I efforts. HR? Legal? Operations? Which departments are driving diversity in most U.S. organizations today, and what are the opportunities and challenges associated with those choices? Littler Principal Cindy-Ann Thomas and her guest, Debra Plousha-Moore, System Chief of Staff of Carolinas Healthcare System, explore the relationship between the success of an organization’s diversity initiative and the office or department that champions it.

24 MIN2017 JUN 18
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106 - Diversity Ownership: Does It Really Matter Who’s Running the Show?

105 - Tackling Culture with Cash: The Dilemma of “Diversity Bonuses”

After more than half a century of corporate diversity efforts - and notwithstanding the best of intentions - companies are still grappling with the ability to promote and retain females and people of color in their leadership ranks. In this podcast, Cindy-Ann Thomas and Gavin Appleby discuss the following: - The increasing use of "diversity bonuses" as an incentive that organizations are using to bolster diversity - Potential landmines to avoid - Ways to maximize the effectiveness of these techniques This is a recruitment tool that is gaining traction. Cindy-Ann and Gavin get to the heart of the issue in this dynamic podcast.

24 MIN2017 MAY 16
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105 - Tackling Culture with Cash: The Dilemma of “Diversity Bonuses”

104 - Sister Act: How Successful Female Attorneys Balance Life and Law

Women today still face considerable challenges working in the legal profession. This podcast explores: - The reality that women consistently assume more at-home responsibilities even though they have similar work demands as men - The impact of taking maternity and family-related leaves of absence - The truth about the “likability factor” - Unique guidelines for effective self-promotion and networking practices - The value of establishing personal rules and rituals - The critical role that business leaders have to play in attracting and retaining female legal talent So what are the keys to achieving well-rounded and meaningful success when managing a career in law? Cindy Ann Thomas addresses these topics and more with her guests: Erin Webber, Shareholder at Littler; Frances Barbieri, Assistant Vice President and Senior Corporate Counsel of U.S. Bank; and Mary Kaczmarek, Attorney Coach, Law Firm Consultant and Author.

67 MIN2017 APR 12
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104 - Sister Act: How Successful Female Attorneys Balance Life and Law

Latest Episodes

113 - Rethinking Training – Bystander Intervention and Diversity & Inclusion Sessions

Asha Santos, Shareholder in Littler’s Boston office, explains the purpose of bystander intervention training and the value of diversity and inclusion sessions in today's workplace.

9 MIN2019 DEC 8
Comments
113 - Rethinking Training – Bystander Intervention and Diversity & Inclusion Sessions

112 - What’s in a Name? Stamping Out Bias in Employment Screening Processes

Implicit bias in the workplace can start as early as the application process. A key study conducted by National Bureau of Economic Research found that significantly fewer employers responded to resumes listing stereotypically “black-sounding” names than resumes including similar qualifications but listing “white-sounding names.” Job advertisements might include words or phrases that – by accident or design – tend to draw applicants of a certain race or gender. How can employers recognize these unconscious biases in hiring and take steps to address them? Cindy-Ann Thomas, Littler Principal and Co-Chair of the firm's EEO and Diversity and Inclusion practice group, discusses these issues with Littler Shareholder Jeffrey Hanslick and Amy Peterson, Director of Parker and Lynch and Ajilon professional search firm.

42 MIN2019 APR 2
Comments
112 - What’s in a Name? Stamping Out Bias in Employment Screening Processes

111 - The Incredible Shrinking Woman’s Earnings: The Gap is Bigger Than We Thought!

A newly-released study by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) states that the gender wage gap is more dismal than we thought. For every dollar earned by a man in a 15-year period, the study says, the average woman only makes 49 cents – and not 80 cents. Littler Principal Cindy-Ann Thomas and her guest, Littler Shareholder Yvette Gatling, examine the issue, discussing: • Some of the - well-known and lesser-known - reasons for the discrepancy between the long-held 20-cent shortfall and the IWPR’s latest finding of a 51-cent shortfall • Best practices and organizational trends in responding to the wage gap • The issue of organizational messaging about “pro-family” policies

32 MIN2018 DEC 18
Comments
111 - The Incredible Shrinking Woman’s Earnings: The Gap is Bigger Than We Thought!

110 - But Companies Cannot Bear the Burden Alone

Last month, we focused on what courageous steps organizations will have to take in response to emerging cultural shift reflected in movements that include “#MeToo” and “Times Up.” However, if meaningful culture change is going to ever happen, is too much of the national conversation focused on what companies need to do? Littler Principal Cindy-Ann Thomas and Rockhurst University Communication Professor, Dr. LaKresha Graham consider the following: • Why “Training Day” can’t be the only solution to changing dysfunctional gender dynamics and response cultures in the workplace • The link between early gender-based socialization messages and the proliferation of sexism at work • What and how other entities can work to preempt the various forms of gender-based disrespect that eventually show up at work. If you would like to hear more from Cindy-Ann about this topic, she will be a Littler panelist on this year’s Executive Employer’s Diversity Summit.

35 MIN2018 FEB 20
Comments
110 - But Companies Cannot Bear the Burden Alone

109 - Transforming Today’s Sex Scandals into Tomorrow’s Strides for Women at Work

It’s 2018, but the sexual harassment scandals and #MeToo movement that closed out 2017 are sure to shape the year – and years – ahead. From Hollywood Boulevard to Main Street, USA, no industry has been spared. But for all the turmoil that business leaders are either witnessing or enduring, they may have an opportunity to seize this moment and establish a dramatically new normal. In this podcast, Littler Principal Cindy-Ann Thomas and Jane Miller, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of The Gallup Organization, offer in-depth discussion and analysis of the answers to these questions and more: - The link between sexual harassment and the presence of women in leadership positions - Shifting mindsets about how organizations evaluate “financial interests” and the benefits of being gender-diverse - How organizations should guard against any backlash associated with the #MeToo movement, and - Whether new “rules” will need to be carved out for how men and women intera...

43 MIN2018 JAN 9
Comments
109 - Transforming Today’s Sex Scandals into Tomorrow’s Strides for Women at Work

108 - Affinity Groups – Relevant or Relics?

Affinity groups have been receiving mixed reviews from many of late. These groups have been lauded for improving the business, bolstering employee loyalty, and fostering a sense of community. However, these groups have also been criticized for creating employee silos, encouraging distrust and division, and functioning as mere “gripe sessions.” Littler Principal Cindy-Ann Thomas and her guests Patty Olsen, Chief Human Resources Officer of Huron, and Dr. Isaac Dixon, Associate Vice-President of Portland State University, examine both the pitfalls and opportunities associated with affinity groups. They explore the following questions, among many others: - Fifty years later, are affinity groups still really necessary? Or are such groups actually more necessary than ever right now, in light of our evolving socio-political climate? - What are the reasons behind any increase in cynicism associated with affinity groups and how can they be addressed? - When and under what conditions can th...

50 MIN2017 OCT 3
Comments
108 - Affinity Groups – Relevant or Relics?

107 - The “People of Color” Label: Is It Time To Move The Needle (Again)?

Cindy-Ann Thomas and her guests Littler Shareholder Allan King, and author and historian Carroll “C.R.” Gibbs provide a multi-faceted examination of the label “People of Color.” In this podcast, Cindy-Ann, Allan, and C.R. address the following, head-on: - What are the historical underpinnings for the “People of Color” label? - Does or should any particular one racial group “own” this label? - What are the social and legal challenges associated with this designation? - What are the shortcomings and advantages for an organization that applies this term to categorize its D&I initiatives? - Is it time to update this term? Or is “People of Color” an expression that is here to stay for the foreseeable future? Listen to this podcast to hear an in-depth discussion and analysis of the answers to these questions and more. People sometimes struggle with identity labels, in a genuine effort not to offend. We can help organizations in their D&I training efforts on complex topics like t...

57 MIN2017 AUG 22
Comments
107 - The “People of Color” Label: Is It Time To Move The Needle (Again)?

106 - Diversity Ownership: Does It Really Matter Who’s Running the Show?

For those organizations that don’t have a dedicated Diversity & Inclusion Officer, many continue to experiment with where to house their D&I efforts. HR? Legal? Operations? Which departments are driving diversity in most U.S. organizations today, and what are the opportunities and challenges associated with those choices? Littler Principal Cindy-Ann Thomas and her guest, Debra Plousha-Moore, System Chief of Staff of Carolinas Healthcare System, explore the relationship between the success of an organization’s diversity initiative and the office or department that champions it.

24 MIN2017 JUN 18
Comments
106 - Diversity Ownership: Does It Really Matter Who’s Running the Show?

105 - Tackling Culture with Cash: The Dilemma of “Diversity Bonuses”

After more than half a century of corporate diversity efforts - and notwithstanding the best of intentions - companies are still grappling with the ability to promote and retain females and people of color in their leadership ranks. In this podcast, Cindy-Ann Thomas and Gavin Appleby discuss the following: - The increasing use of "diversity bonuses" as an incentive that organizations are using to bolster diversity - Potential landmines to avoid - Ways to maximize the effectiveness of these techniques This is a recruitment tool that is gaining traction. Cindy-Ann and Gavin get to the heart of the issue in this dynamic podcast.

24 MIN2017 MAY 16
Comments
105 - Tackling Culture with Cash: The Dilemma of “Diversity Bonuses”

104 - Sister Act: How Successful Female Attorneys Balance Life and Law

Women today still face considerable challenges working in the legal profession. This podcast explores: - The reality that women consistently assume more at-home responsibilities even though they have similar work demands as men - The impact of taking maternity and family-related leaves of absence - The truth about the “likability factor” - Unique guidelines for effective self-promotion and networking practices - The value of establishing personal rules and rituals - The critical role that business leaders have to play in attracting and retaining female legal talent So what are the keys to achieving well-rounded and meaningful success when managing a career in law? Cindy Ann Thomas addresses these topics and more with her guests: Erin Webber, Shareholder at Littler; Frances Barbieri, Assistant Vice President and Senior Corporate Counsel of U.S. Bank; and Mary Kaczmarek, Attorney Coach, Law Firm Consultant and Author.

67 MIN2017 APR 12
Comments
104 - Sister Act: How Successful Female Attorneys Balance Life and Law
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