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  • 06 Mar 2017 8:33 AM | Anonymous

    Registration is now open for the 2017 IPAC Pre-Conference Workshops.

  • 15 Dec 2016 12:26 PM | Anonymous

    IPAC 2017 Annual Conference
    Assessments of Steel
    Registration is now open!

    Conference Dates: July 16-19, 2017
    Conference Location: Birmingham, AL

  • 23 Nov 2016 11:19 AM | Anonymous
    The Personnel Testing Council of Metropolitan Washington (PTCMW) invites you to participate in their biggest event of the year. On December 8, 2016, PTCMW will host a two-part event which includes a panel discussion on Performance Management from four fantastic speakers and a special discussant:
    • Dr. Sharon Arad, PDRI, a CEB Company
    • Dr. David Dye, Deloitte
    • Dr. Shonna Waters, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
    • Dr. David Woehr, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    • Discussant: Dr. John Campbell, University of Minnesota

    The panel discussion will be held from 2 pm to 4 pm, followed by a Talent & Connection Networking Event from 4 pm to 7 pm. The networking event is a great opportunity to connect with local talent and get to know other organizations in the Washington DC area. 

    The event will be held at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. For more details and to register, please visit the PTCMW site:

  • 23 Sep 2016 10:59 AM | Anonymous

    For those needing the re-certification credits for either HRCI or SHRM the document below will walk you through all the steps.

    Recertification Instructions_Conferencel.docx

  • 14 Jul 2016 10:16 AM | Anonymous

    The July issue of the ACN is now available to members! In this issue:

    • From the President: Martha discusses the similarities and differences in big data science and assessment practices.
    • Legal Watch: Ryan and Brian review major events and rulings covering age discrimination, free speech and employment practices, affirmative action, social media in the workplace, and data breaches.  
    • As always, the professional calendar lists all events and meetings happening over the next few months. 
  • 19 Apr 2016 5:44 PM | Anonymous

    The 2016 Pre-conference workshop information is now available and registration is open. This year we are excited to offer 5 half-day workshops held on Sunday July 31st, 2016.

    We’ve simplified the pricing this year so that you pay just based on membership level not on when you register:

    • $75 for student members
    • $100 for IPAC members
    • $150 for non-IPAC members

    As always all the details can be found on the website including a detailed description of each workshop and bios from the presenters; or visit the events page for registration.

    Don't forget to check out the Conference Website for all of the most up to date conference information and don't forget to register for the conference!

  • 01 Mar 2016 3:47 PM | Anonymous

    We are excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2016 IPAC Conference. The fee structure for the 2016 Conference is exactly the same as last year, and as always, makes it more advantageous to register early. Register by July 4th to benefit from early bird registration.

    We invite you to join us for invaluable learning, career development, and networking opportunities. IPAC offers engaging, practical workshops , concurrent sessions, renowned keynote speakers, and fun social events. This unique conference experience shouldn’t be missed!

    Don’t miss the Gold Rush: Nuggets of Truth in Assessment at the 2016 IPAC Conference in Sacramento, CA.


    Visit the 2016 Conference home page and stay up-to-date on all the latest news and announcements. We look forward to seeing you in Sacramento!

  • 18 Feb 2016 1:10 PM | Anonymous

    Bauer v. Lynch (4th Cir. Jan. 11, 2016)
    Gender-Normed Physical Test Standards
    Summary by Chad Smith, student at the Moritz College of Law - The Ohio State University

    Is the FBI’s practice of using gender-normed standards for a measure of physical fitness a violation of Title VII? According to the plaintiff in Bauer v. Lynch, it is alleged that the FBI’s practice of having separate push-up requirements for both males and females is a violation of civil rights under Title VII. Bauer v. Lynch, No. 14-2323, (4th Cir. Jan. 11, 2016). 

    Based on the opinion of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the practice is a violation. However, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has vacated and remanded the decision for further proceedings. Because of this, at least in the interim, the practice has been upheld. Bauer v. Holder, 25 F. Supp. 3d 842 (E.D. Va. 2014).

    The policy at issue is that as a part of the statistical standardization, the FBI sought to normalize testing standards between men and women in order to account for their innate physiological differences. Bauer v. Lynch, No. 14-2323, (4th Cir. Jan. 11, 2016). The FBI reasoned that, due to such distinctions, equally fit men and women would perform differently in the same events. With that, male recruits at the academy are required to complete more push-ups than female recruits. Bauer v. Lynch, No. 14-2323, (4th Cir. Jan. 11, 2016).

    Though the Appeals Court agrees that the standards are facially discriminatory, they found that no prior decision confronting the use of gender-normed physical fitness standards in the Title VII context has deemed such standards to be unlawful. In Powell, the court explained that “Title VII allows employers to make distinctions based on undeniable physical differences between men and women…where no significantly greater burden of compliance is placed on either sex.” Powell v. Reno, No. 96-2743, 1997 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 24169

    “An employer does not contravene Title VII when it utilizes physical fitness standards that distinguish between the sexes on the basis of their physiological differences but impose an equal burden of compliance on both men and women, requiring the same level of physical fitness in each. Because the FBI purports to assess physical fitness by imposing the same burden on both men and women, this rule applies to Bauer’s Title VII claims.” Bauer v. Lynch, No. 14-2323, (4th Cir. Jan. 11, 2016).

    The Appeals Court in this case has vacated the District Court’s summary judgment verdict for Bauer. Further, the Appeals Court remands to the District Court on the basis that the District Court reviewed the case and granted summary judgment on an improper legal standard. With that, Bauer’s summary judgment is vacated and the case is remanded for review under the standard set forth by the Appeals Court, and the motion for summary judgment by the United States is to be reconsidered by the District Court.

  • 13 Jan 2016 5:02 PM | Anonymous

    The January issue of the ACN is now available to members! In this issue:

    • In this month's ACN there are two President's messages--one from Past President Liz Reed and one from 2016 President Martha Hennen.  
    • There is also new information about the launch of the new Personnel Assessment Decisions journal, the Student Paper Competition, IPAC's Innovations in Assessment Award, and our upcoming 40th Annual Conference.
    • Plus more...

  • 07 Jan 2016 3:32 PM | Anonymous

    IPAC 2016 Annual Conference

    Gold Rush:  Nuggets of Truth in Assessment

    Call for Proposals Deadline Extended!

    New Submission Deadline January 15, 2016

    Time is running out!

    Don’t miss this opportunity to submit a proposal and share your expertise and experience with fellow assessment professionals.  Submitting to the conference is quick and easy and only involves preparing a short narrative summary and abstract.  Please help make the 2016 conference a success and submit a submission to be a presenter at the conference.  The submission deadline has been extended to January 15, 2016.

    Anyone, members and non-members, may submit a proposal for consideration.

    All topics in the area of personnel assessment, including, but not limited to, selection, legal issues, performance management, training and development, and leadership and succession planning are welcome at the conference. IPAC recognizes the value of assessment across the HR continuum as HR fulfils its role of strategic partner in each organization’s pursuit of its mission, vision, and business goals.

    Ready to submit your proposal?

    Visit the submission form HERE. Proposals must be submitted using IPAC’s online submission system by 5:00 PM PST on January 15, 2016. If you have any questions about the submission process, please email the Conference Program Committee at

    Thank you!   We look forward to seeing you in California!

    2015 IPAC Conference Planning Committee

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