Regulations

Data: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Data analysis informs our daily business decisions, but that analysis is only as good as the data supporting it. Organizations should invest in ensuring that their decision-making is based on accurate information. As data analysis is becoming increasingly sophisticated, machine learning is becoming a sought after technology. Organizations that haven’t already incorporated machine learning predictions…

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Optimal Investment in Data Error Assessment

My last post discussed some of the ways that data errors weaken the reliability of conclusions drawn from those noisy data. Even measures of the uncertainty in conclusions (such as statistical confidence intervals) can be inaccurate. This raises the question as to how one assesses data for such errors, and at what cost? The Data…

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OFCCP Issues Contract Requirement Exemptions for Alaskan Earthquake and California Wildfires

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has issued additional temporary contracting requirement exemptions for new contracts following the aftermath of the Alaskan Earthquake and California Wildfires. The exemptions state that new federal contractors and subcontractors will be exempt from having to develop written affirmative action programs under Executive…

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Achieving Equal Pay Requires Everyone’s Involvement

It’s a bit mind boggling, but it encapsulates how much work needs to be done to achieve equal pay in the U.S. A new study by AAUW found that in a comparison of occupations with at least 50,000 men and 50,000 women in 2017, 107 out of 114 occupations had statistically significant gaps in pay…

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The Gender Pay Gap – Just How Bad Is It?

How bad is the gender pay gap in America? The answer is bad, with how bad depending on which report you agree with most. The Census Bureau and its annual report on income and poverty is the most often referenced to quantify the gender wage gap. Each year, as part of this report, the Census…

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EEOC Enforcements Efforts Focus on Sexual Harassment [Update]

Fiscal year 2018 saw the most enforcement litigation activity by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) than any year in the agency’s history since it was formed as part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Those organizations that thought the level of EEOC enforcement activity would be slowing down under a Trump Administration may…

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