UNMC hosts event on pay equity, diversity hiring

August 08, 2018

Image with caption: From left, Clyde Stackhouse, Mickey Silberman and Aileen Warren at the Midlands-Industry Liaison Group meeting and seminar.

From left, Clyde Stackhouse, Mickey Silberman and Aileen Warren at the Midlands-Industry Liaison Group meeting and seminar.

Pay equity and recruiting a diverse workforce are two important topics at UNMC, which is one reason the campus and the UNMC Department of Human Resources hosted the the Midlands-Industry Liaison Group (ILG) meeting and seminar, which included sessions on each topic.

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Mickey Silberman speaks during the event.
The event, coordinated by senior compensation specialist Clyde Stackhouse, was attended by more than 60 individuals representing organizations such as First National Bank, Kiewit, Union Pacific, UNMC, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and others.

"The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) began mailing letters on March 19 for affirmative action audit purposes, and this seminar provided all attendees information and ideas on how to prepare for the new wave of OFCCP audits," said Carmen Sirizzotti, associate director, compensation, staffing, records, and human resource information technology management.

Mickey Silberman, J.D., shareholder with Fortney & Scott, LLC, and chair of the firm's affirmative action and pay equity practice group, kicked off the day as he presented an in-depth review of pay equity practices, cataloguing the do's and don'ts of creating pay equity within an organization and discussing the pragmatics of conducting an in-house audit to help identify any red flags regarding pay inequity.

Adam Potter, director of the Central Midwest Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) and senior human resources specialist at the University of Iowa, spoke about recruiting a diverse workforce, sharing diversity recruiting best practices at the University of Iowa and discussing the benefits of being a member of HERC for diversity recruiting purposes.

The Midlands ILG is a non-profit organization whose mission is to establish a forum for learning and communication among federal contractor employers, educational institutions, civil rights constituencies, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP); and to develop creative, innovative and effective approaches to remove barriers to equal employment opportunity.

HERC is a non-profit consortium of more than 700 colleges, universities, hospitals, research labs, government agencies, and related non- and for-profit organizations. Consortium members share a commitment to hiring the most diverse and talented faculty, staff and executives. UNMC is an active member of HERC.

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