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How to Talk About Race with Your Employees


There is a renewed focus on racial disparities in society and the workplace since George Floyd was killed while in police custody. His death ignited protests around the world over how people of color are treated in the U.S. and elsewhere.

A panel of experts examined race relations in the workplace and fostering more inclusive workplaces during a webinar June 18 co-sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC). The webcast was moderated by Veta Richardson, president and CEO of the ACC and the presentation, "A New Understanding of Workplace Diversity and Inclusion," is now available for on-demand viewing.

The conversations that organizations need to have with their employees must start by demonstrating empathy and respect in word and deed, said John Page, general counsel and chief diversity officer at Golden State Foods in Irvine, Calif.

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Addressing Racism Starts with Having Hard, Respectful Conversations
SHRM | Jun 2020

Don't Be Silent: Expert Tips to Defuse Workplace Tensions
SHRM | Jun 2020

Tips for Discussing Racial Injustice in the Workplace
SHRM | Jun 2020

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“Understanding race and race equity is a process,” says Lisa Brown Alexander, president and CEO of Nonprofit HR. “Most people are socialized around certain beliefs and perceptions, and it's not easy to unpack those overnight. So admitting that you're at the beginning is the first step. Admitting you don't know something is hard, but the kind of tenacity that you need to build your business is the same kind of tenacity you need for understanding race and race equity in today's climate.”
How Should You Be Talking With Employees About Racism?
Entrepreneur | Jun 2020

It's easy to speculate about how you will lead and respond during a crisis. It's easy to talk about how you'll rise to the moment because a theoretical crisis—or a hypothetical one—is easier. But we are not in a theoretical time. This is not a moment of hypotheticals. The crisis is here, and your leadership moment is now. If you deem yourself a leader, you know this moment of global protests and the fight for equality doesn't exist in some vacuum outside your organization or outside your area of influence. You know you must lean in and own your power to lead now.
George Floyd And Racism: 5 Conversations Credible Leaders Must Have In This Moment
Forbes | Jun 2020

No matter your racial, political, or other identity, these events are almost impossible to escape. In particular, millions of Black people and their allies are hurting. And these issues are not ones that organizations or their leaders — from CEOs at the top of the hierarchy to team managers on the frontline — can ignore.
U.S. Businesses Must Take Meaningful Action Against Racism
Harvard Business Review | Jun 2020

it's important to address the current events. Use this moment to reiterate company values, and to take a stand against racism and police violence. Make it clear that you are committed to making changes that promote equality, justice and fair treatment for all.
What managers should—and shouldn't—do to address this moment of racial reckoning
CNBC | Jun 2020

Be prepared to understand how your own experience, because of your race and background, will shape what you bring to and take from the conversation.
Talking about racial inequality at work is difficult—here are tips to do it thoughtfully
CNBC | Jun 2020

World-wide protests against racism and police brutality, sparked by the death of George Floyd, have shown the consequences and high cost of a workplace culture that lacks accountability. Creating a culture of accountability requires leadership that is ready to listen. Without a “listen-up” culture that protects employees from retaliation, organizations can’t expect their employees to speak-up.
3 Steps to Create a "Listen-Up" Culture of Accountability
Navex Global | Jun 2020

Educate Yourself

The National Museum of African American History & Culture today released Talking About Race, a web portal designed to provide free educational resources and tools from scholars, activists, historians, and more with the goal of teaching everyone how to have conversations about race and racism.
The African American History Museum Wants to Help You Talk About Race and Racism
Washingtonian | Jun 2020

Several Antiracist Books Are Selling Out. Here's What Else Black Booksellers and Publishers Say You Should Read
Time | Jun 2020

Social Justice and Liberation Centered Books, Websites and Articles
Inclusive Therapists

8 anti-racist classes and workshops to take
Well + Good | Jun 2020

Index of COVID-19/Coronavirus Express Requests

Reopening Your Workplace
Reopening Your Workplace: Overviews
Recalling/Rehiring Employees
When Employees Refuse to Return to Work
Addressing Fears About Returning to the Workplace
Masks/Face Coverings in the Workplace

Testing/Screening for COVID-19
Antibody Testing (or Not)
Testing Employees for COVID-19
Taking Employee Temperatures

Employee Relations
Vacation Policy Changes Amid Pandemic
Accommodating Workers at Higher Risk for Severe Illness
COVID-19 Myth Busters
Responding to Employee's COVID-19 Diagnosis
Contact-Tracing in the Workplace
EEOC Updates Coronavirus-Related Guidance
Communicating with Employees
Death of an Employee
How to Support a Grieving Employee

Talent Acquisition
Preemployment Background Checks During COVID-19
Completing Form I-9 for Remote Workers
Documenting an Expired Driver's License on I-9 and E-Verify

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
General (Overviews, DOL Resources, More)
Summer Child Care
Employers' Frequently Asked Questions
IRS FAQs on Tax Credits & Required Documentation
Decision Flow Charts
Valuing Health Plan Costs for Tax Credits
Health Care Provider/Emergency Responder (Employee) Exclusion

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act
Overviews of Implications for Employers
Employee Retention Tax Credit
Business & Nonprofit Relief
Direct Payments to Individuals (Stimulus Checks/Direct Deposit)
Employee Benefit Plan Provisions
Paycheck Protection Program (Loan Forgiveness)
Unemployment Expansion & Extension
Potential Relief for Government Contractors
Valuing Health Plan Costs for Tax Credits

Essential Businesses and Workers
Essential Business Designation
Essential Workers: Identifying
Essential Workers: Hazard Pay and Incentives

Compensation and Benefits
COBRA Deadlines Temporarily Extended
Various Benefit Plan Deadline Extensions
Survey Reports: Pay Adjustments Amid COVID-19
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Paid Leave; Enhanced FMLA; More)
Reducing Employer's Retirement Plan Contribution/Match
U.S. Wage and Hour Issues
Making Tax-Favored Disaster Relief Payments to Employees
Leave Donation Programs
IRS Relaxes HDHP Rules

Remote Workers
Allowing Telework
Engaging Remote Workers
Remote Work & State Tax Issues
Monitoring Remote Workers

Layoffs and Alternatives to Layoffs
Pay Reductions
Shared-Work/Work Share Programs
Layoff Alternatives
Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act
California EDD Work Sharing Program
Please also see under CARES Act (above):
Employee Retention Credit
Paycheck Protection Program

New OSHA Guidance on Recording COVID-19 Cases Effective May 26
Employer Resource Centers (U.S. and Global)
Preparedness Plan
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