Concise Dictionary of HR Terminology


 Competence in performing a job. (19)

Absolute judgment.

 An appraisal format that asks supervisors to make judgments about an employee’s performance based solely on performance standards. (208)

Adverse impact.

 Discrimination that occurs when the equal application of an employment standard has an unequal effect on one or more protected classes. Also called disparate impact. (88)

Affirmative action.

 A strategy intended to achieve fair employment by urging employers to hire certain groups of people who were discriminated against in the past. (85)

Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).

 The law prohibiting discrimination against people who are 40 or older. (95)

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