In episode 111, Coffey talks with Steve Peglar about August’s HR-related news items related to Title VII, diversity, abortion, and pay transparency.

They discuss the reason they were surprised by the Fifth Circuit’s recent Title VII decision; the anti-DEI lawsuit against Starbucks and why DEI efforts are shifting to a more systematic approach; the impact of job postings that lead with abortion-related benefits; and the popularity of pay transparency laws.

Here are some of the news items they discussed:

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Steve Peglar

Steve Peglar

Steve Peglar is a senior HR leader with 30 years of extensive and diverse experience in HR consulting and management. For over two of those decades, Steve served as senior partner and consultant with a premier HR consulting firm in the Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas area, working with clients in a broad range of industries, and with the remainder of his career spent in executive leadership, HR management, and internal consulting roles. Steve currently serves as Deputy Executive Director & Head of HR/Organizational Development for the Housing Authority of Travis County, in addition to operating his own human resources consulting firm (HR Strategies of Texas, LLC). Throughout his career, Steve has maintained a strategic and tactical focus in a wide variety of human resources areas including HR legal & regulatory compliance, employee relations, policy development, EEO, organizational development, HR best practices, organizational culture, HR audits & reviews, workplace investigations, training & development, onboarding, outplacement, executive coaching, personality/workplace profiles (certified analyst with MBTI, Predictive Index, & True Colors), organizational studies, change management, performance management systems, organizational design, succession planning, workplace surveys, affirmative action plan development, compensation plan design & administration, market-based compensation analysis, total rewards program design, recruiting & executive search, HR technology, workplace benefits, M&A due diligence audits, expert witness testimony & litigation support, strategic planning facilitation, international human resources, employee immigration issues, labor relations, executive compensation, workplace safety, and more. Steve is active in the community and has worked with a variety of nonprofit service organizations, including having served on the boards of directors of Community Healthcare of Texas (Board Chair), the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, Lighthouse for the Blind of Fort Worth (Board Chair & Board of Trustees member), Susan G. Komen Foundation of Greater Fort Worth, Boy Scouts of America Longhorn Council, the YMCA, and Fort Worth HR Management Association. He is also a graduate of the 2014 Leadership Fort Worth Class. In addition, he is a member of Austin SHRM (where he has served as a professional Mentor) and the Austin Association for Talent Development.


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