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Supreme Court Upholds Ministerial Exception

By Dennis Published: January 12, 2012

This decision does not have the impact of the Pepsi case I posted, as the ministerial exception is pretty limited, but an important decision nevertheless. The Supreme Court has upheld what is referred to as the Ministerial Exception. The Ministerial Exception shields religious organizations from discrimination lawsuits.

According to Reuters: The Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday for the first time in an important church-state separation issue that ministers cannot sue their churches claiming they had been fired in violation of employment discrimination laws.

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Pepsi Pays $3.1M in Bias Case Invovling Criminal Background Checks

By Dennis Published: January 11, 2012

According to the Associate Press - Pepsi Beverages Co. will pay $3.1 million to settle federal charges of race discrimination for using criminal background checks to screen out job applicants even if they weren't convicted of a crime.

Probably not unexpected, reinforcing the idea that screening should be job related; of course, from a company perspective, it certainly has downsides in terms of possible negligent hiring.

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Gestalt Colloquium - Today

By Dennis Published: November 30, 2011

Today, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2 to 3 pm., at The University of Akron. The Center for the History of Psychology presents Anna Perlina for her talk titled 'Between Adaptation and Confrontation: Gestalt Psychology's Path From the Weimar Academic Culture to North America and the Case of Kurt Lewin.' Perlina will discuss the history of Gestalt psychology in Germany, focusing on how this tradition was shaped by the work of Kurt Lewin after his emigration to America in 1933. This event is free and open to the public.  The center is at College and Mill streets. For further information, contact Dorothy Gruich at ext. 7284 or

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Branding Your Company and Your Self

By Dennis Published: November 28, 2011

The branding of a company is a hot topic; as is the branding of oneself as an applicant for jobs. A question is where does the brand come from. One answer, and I think a good one, is that the Organizational Brand is a reflection of how you treat your employees. That is, if you want to know how customers and applicants see your brand, ask employees what they think of the company. Conduct an attitude survey. Of course, customers and applicants may have different viewpoints, but your own employees are a good place to start.

For some similar reflections, see the following from Workforce.

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On Critics of Testing

By Dennis Published: November 15, 2011

On Critics of Testing,

I am sure that as soon as the first test was invented, by the Chinese according to the history of assessment, the first critic of testing was born. Criticisms of testing are nothing new. I would bet there have been a few test constructors burned at the stake and if we still had burning stakes there would be teacher unions calling for just that punishment for those who create standardized educational tests.

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Open House and Book Sale at the Center for the History of Psychology

By Dennis Published: November 14, 2011

For two days (Nov. 16 - 1 - 4 pm, Nov. 17 10am 1 pm) the Center for the History of Psychology at The University of Akron will have an Open House, tours, and book sale. The Center for the History of Psychology is located on The University of Akron campus at 73 College Street (corner of College & Mill streets). Please contact Dorothy Gruich by email or call 330-972-7284.

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Psychology Department on Television

By Dennis Published: October 17, 2011

The Psychology Department at The University of Akron will be featured in a Travel Channel program "Mysteries at the Museum." This particular program will deal with the Zimbardo Stanford Prison Experiment and includes an interview with Dr. David Baker. The program is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 9 p.m. The original artifacts can be viewed at the museum at 73 College St, on the corner of College and Mill Streets on The University of Akron campus.

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National Award for Robert Lord

By Dennis Published: October 16, 2011

Robert Lord, Ph.D., a member of the psychology department at The University of Akron and a distinguished professor of psychology has been named the winner of the 20120 Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP or Division 14 of the American Psychological Association). Bob Lord received this honor his scientific and theoretical contributions.

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Muffins at Roundtable

By Dennis Published: October 14, 2011

Steve Marks, the co-founder of Main Street Muffin, will speak on 'Muffins and Marathons: an Entrepreneurial Story.' at the next Akron Roundtable. Marks will speak at noon, Thursday, Oct. 20 at Quaker Station ballroom.

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Blog on Business Communication

By Dennis Published: October 12, 2011

If you are interested in the future of business communication, then check out this interesting blog by Jim Porter.

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