On January 25th, Victoria Lipnic was appointed the new Acting Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Committee (EEOC) by President Trump. Prior to her appointment, she served on the EEOC’s board since 2010. Several of her contributions in the EEOC have given guidance on important workplace issues, including the use of leave as a reasonable accommodation under the ADA, employer-provided wellness programs, harassment prevention, the use of social media in the workplace, and big data in employment.
Several years ago, the Director of Development at a nonprofit where I served on the board left to go to a larger organization, “Mary,” the Founder and Executive Director, immediately embarked on a search for the Development Director’s replacement.
It wasn’t long before Mary was excited to present the credentials of the “perfect candidate,” “Evelyn,” to the board. When I questioned her qualifications, Mary responded, “I have known her personally for some time. She is from the community where we are housed, worked for and is still connected to a prominent local politician…. and I really like her!”
Evelyn was terminated for cause less than six months after she was hired.
Last week, business owners and HR professionals heard Kim Harris and Nick Stepanovich of ADP speak about being prepared to deal with unpredictable costs associated with running a manufacturing company. While any business has expected costs, one of the most seldom thought about—and where a lot of the unpredictability comes in—is your human capital.