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  • 23 Sep 2016 10:59 AM | Andrey Pankov (Administrator)

    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 | Andrey Pankov (Administrator)

    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 | Andrey Pankov (Administrator)

    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 | Andrey Pankov (Administrator)

    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 ipacconferenceprogram@gmail.com.

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

    2015 IPAC Conference Planning Committee

  • 02 Dec 2015 12:43 PM | Andrey Pankov (Administrator)
    Share your Nuggets of Truth in Sacramento
    The 2016 IPAC Conference has been unveiled! It will take place from July 31st - August 3rd at the Holiday Inn Sacramento-Capitol Plaza in Sacramento, CA. With the theme being Gold Rush: Nuggets of Truth in Assessment.

    The Call for Proposals (download) is now available and the submission system is open to deposit your nuggets of truth; feel free to familiarize yourself with the system if you've never submitted before.
    • Conference Dates: July 31-Aug 3, 2016
    • Conference Location: Holiday Inn Sacramento-Capitol Plaza in Sacramento, CA
    • Proposal Due Date: January 8, 2016
    We look forward to all the great submissions!

  • 25 Nov 2015 12:16 PM | Andrey Pankov (Administrator)
    We are excited to have a hotel and date for the 2016 Conference that we can now announce!

    In 2016 we are going to be hosted by the Holiday Inn Sacramento-Capitol Plaza in Sacramento, CA from July 31st through August 3rd, 2016

    Of course this means that we are ready to kick off our season of Conference Announcements:
    • The Theme - Gold Rush: Nuggets of Truth in Assessment
    • Conference Site is live
    • Call for Proposals information now available
    • Proposals must be submitted by January 8th, 2016
    I am excited to continue sharing more information about the 2016 conference as it becomes available.

    Andrey Pankov

    Conference Chair

  • 27 Oct 2015 11:52 AM | Andrey Pankov (Administrator)

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

    • From the President: Liz reviewed the conference, praises the work done by GLEAN, and previews IPACs new marketing strategy.
    • Legal Watch: Brian and Ryan talk about balancing diversity, close out Abercrombie, and a challenge to affirmative action?
    • Matisha Montgomery dissects what went right and why at July's Conference.
    • Mengyang Cao talks about Choosing the Correct Item Response Model Alleviates the Faking Problem in Personality Assessment
    • Plus more....

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