- What is a disclosure?
A: The process of disclosing information to employees or the general public regarding any business practices or processes that contain the propensity to be hazardous to the environment or the health and safety of individuals.
- What is a discretionary bonus?
A: A form of variable pay where an employer provides additional cash compensation to an employee for reasons that are not pursuant to any prior contract, agreement or promise that would lead the employee to expect the payments regularly.
- What is discrimination?
A: Any policy or action taken related to recruiting, hiring, promotion, pay or training practices that result in an unfair disadvantage to either an individual or group of individuals who are considered part of a protected class.
- What is a disparate impact?
A: Under Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) law, a less favorable effect for one group than for another. A disparate impact results when rules applied to all employees have a different and more inhibiting effect on women and minority groups than on the majority.
- What is disparate treatment?
A: Such treatment results when rules or policies are applied inconsistently to one group of people over another. Discrimination may result when rules and policies are applied differently to members of protected classes.
- What are displaced workers?
A: Individuals who have lost their jobs due to a plant closing, relocation, downsizing or position elimination.
- What are dissatisfiers?
A: Factors, such as working conditions, job functions, pay and benefits or organizational policies and practices, that contribute to employee dissatisfaction
- What is distance learning?
A: The process of delivering educational or instructional programs to locations away from a classroom or site to another location by using technology, such as video or audio conferencing, computers, Web-based applications or other multimedia communications.
- What are distractors?
A: Refers to incorporating incorrect items or answers into a testing instrument where the testee is asked to select from a group of items or answers (i.e., multiple choice exams).
- What is diversity?
A: The collective mixture of differences and similarities that includes for example, individual and organizational characteristics, values, beliefs, experiences, backgrounds, preferences and behaviors.
- What is diversity management?
A: A comprehensive organizational and managerial process for leveraging diversity and achieving inclusion that maximizes the potential of all employees.
- What is diversity training?
A: A fundamental component of a diversity initiative that represents the opportunity for an organization to inform and educate senior management and staff about diversity. The purpose of training is not only to increase awareness and understanding of workplace diversity, but also to develop conc ...
- What are domestic partner benefits?
A: Benefit plan provided by an employer that recognizes individuals who are of the same or opposite sex as spousal equivalents for purposes of health care coverage. Domestic partners are typically defined of as individuals that have lived together in the same residence for a specified period, a ...
- What is downgrading?
A: The practice of moving an employee to a job that has a lower pay grade or level of responsibility or skill.
- What is downshifting?
A: Refers to employees who choose to accept or remain in lower level or lower paying jobs in order to satisfy their personal and family needs.
- What is downsizing?
A: The process of reducing the employer’s workforce through elimination of positions, management layers, processes, functions, etc.
- What is a Dress code?
A: An organizational policy or rule to be used by employees as a guideline as to what is considered appropriate attire for the workplace.
- What is drug abuse/substance abuse?
A: Habitual and excessive use of a drug for purposes other than what was medically intended.
- What is the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988?
A: Requires some federal contractors and all federal grantees to agree that they will provide drug-free workplaces as a precondition of receiving a contract or grant from a federal agency. Although all covered contractors and grantees must maintain a drug-free workplace, the specific components ...
- What is drug testing?
A: The process of testing employees to detect the presence of illegal drugs or alcohol within their system. Drug testing can be conducted on a pre-employment, random or post-accident basis, as well as for cause or suspicion, in accordance with the employer’s policy and any governing state ...