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PHR/SPHR: Professional in Human Resources Certification Study Guide

by Sandra M Reed and Anne M. Bogardus
The Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) exams from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) reflect the evolving industry standards for determining competence in the field of HR. Serving as an ideal resource for HR professionals who are seeking to validate their skills and knowledge.
This new edition is must-have preparation for those looking to take the PHR or SPHR certification exams in order to strengthen their resume.
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PHR Study Guide 2017

PHR Study Guide 2017: PHR Certification Test Prep and Practice Questions for the Professional in Human Resources Exam

Think all PHRŪ/SPHRŪ study guides are the same? Think again! With easy to understand lessons and practice test questions designed to maximize your score, you'll be ready.
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Corporate Communication

Corporate Communication: A Guide to Theory and Practice

by Joep P. Cornelissen
  Academically grounded, it covers the key concepts, principles and models within corporate communication by bringing together academic knowledge and insights from the subject areas of management and communication
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California wage gap between whites and African Americans worsens

May 9 2003 - African Americans and Latinos in California still earn less per hour than whites, according to a recent study by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). The report, Racial and Ethnic Wage Gaps in the California Labor Market, finds that while there have been improvements in the education and occupational status of African Americans, the wage gap between whites and African Americans has actually grown in the last 10 years. The relative wages of African American men fell from 81 to 74 cents for every dollar earned by whites, and from 96 to 86 cents per dollar for women.

Latino workers fared even worse, earning less than 60 cents per dollar earned by white workers. Some of the difference may be attributed to recent Latino immigrants with lower skills, but Latinos born in the United States also face substantial wage gaps. Between 1979 and 2000, there was little change in wage differences between U.S.-born Latinos and whites in California: Latino men earned between 81 and 83 cents for every dollar earned by white men, and Latina women earned between 79 and 85 cents for every dollar earned by white women.

Deborah Reed, PPIC's population program director and economist who co-authored the study with Jennifer Cheng, considers that these disparities are likely to persist in the future. "Given California's current economic climate and the fact that we've seen no improvement in Latino and African American wage gaps in twenty years, the prospects for substantial progress in the near term are bleak," says Reed.

The report concludes that Latino wage disparities can be largely explained by education and occupational differences. If U.S.-born Latinos had the same educational attainment as whites, the wage gap between them would decline significantly, to 93 cents per dollar for both men and women. If Latinos worked in the same occupations as whites, the difference would be eliminated altogether.

But relative wages for African Americans would improve by no more than a few cents per dollar if their education level matched that of whites. And sharing the same occupations as whites would not eliminate the inequality: African American women would still earn 95 cents for every dollar earned by white women, and African American men would earn just 84 cents per dollar earned by white men. The authors note that many factors may contribute to the earnings gap for African Americans, including less labor market and professional experience, discrimination, and a mismatch between place of residence and the location of high-paying employment opportunities.

"Improving educational opportunities will reduce racial and ethnic wage gaps in the long run but is unlikely to resolve the problem entirely, especially for African Americans," says Reed. The report suggests a number of general policy directions the state might consider, including programs to improve educational outcomes through greater access to early childhood development, improved quality of public schools in low-income neighborhoods, and workforce development for lower-skilled workers. The mismatch in residential and employment locations might be addressed through affordable housing, transportation, or economic development programs.

Reed and Cheng also found that the wage gap between whites and U.S.-born Asians has remained steady since the late 1970s, but in this case the disparity favors Asians. Asian men earned $1.04 for every dollar earned by white men and Asian women earned a relative wage of $1.15.

The Public Policy Institute of California is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving public policy in California through independent, objective, nonpartisan research on major economic, social, and political issues. The institute was established in 1994 with an endowment from William R. Hewlett.

Successful Onboarding

Successful Onboarding: Strategies to Unlock Hidden Value Within Your Organization

Mark Stein and Lilith Christiansen
  Fact: 1/3rd of all external hires are no longer with the organization after 2 years. What can you do about it? In a word: onboarding; although poorly understood, subject to narrow definitions, and with limited best practice understanding or management rigor. Consultants Mark Stein & Lilith Christiansen have worked with leading companies on it, and they've synthesized their work into a ready to use system.
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The HR Answer Book

The HR Answer Book: An Indispensable Guide for Managers and Human Resources Professionals

by Shawn A. Smith, Rebecca A. Mazin
  The HR Answer Book addresses 200 questions that every employer needs to deal with, from recruiting and hiring to discipline and termination, compensation and benefits to training and employee relations. Accessible and concise, this on-the-job companion offers expert guidance on all types of "people" issues.
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