New Research from David G. Allen, Ph.D., SPHR, Past President, SHRM-Memphis.

Intelligence Testing For Selection Without Adverse Impact:  The Potential of Executive Attentional Control

David G. Allen, Ph.D., SPHR, Fogelman College of Business and Economics, University of Memphis
Frank A. Bosco, Fogelman College of Business and Economics, University of Memphis

Funding from the SHRM Foundation

Executive Summary
Increase Racial Diversity Without Sacrificing Validity
Intelligence tests have been shown to be a strong predictor of work performance, so many HR professionals use these tests to staff their organizations.  Although intelligence tests are among the most valid tests that can be used to staff most jobs, they have one major drawback--Black and Hispanic individuals tend not to perform as well on these tests as majority applicants do. This often results in adverse impact against these minority groups.  HR professionals have long struggled with this adverse impact-validity tradeoff common with the use of intelligence tests.  
David G. Allen and Frank A. Bosco address the issue of balancing test validity and diversity by exploring the use of a different type of intelligence measure, called Executive Attention.  Unlike most intelligence tests that are based largely on educational history, Executive Attention measures focus on attention-based tasks that assess the ability to multi-task.  Such tests are less influenced by one's educational experiences-- often thought to be the source of racial differences on traditional intelligence tests. 
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SHRM Alliance with Internships.Com to Promote HR Internship Opportunities

Summer will be here before you know it and if you’re still looking for HR intern candidates, SHRM has formed an alliance with to help you.  
You can:

   • quickly post internship opportunities 
   • easily manage and track candidates 
   • proactively search for interns by major, location, GPA or by specific keywords 
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When you find students who match your criteria you can directly invite them to apply for the position. also provides free resources and templates to help implement internship programs. SHRM and Internships.Com are collaborating to develop new career related resources including webinars, videos, articles and blogs tailored to assist and guide you throughout your internship program. Help provide students with the experience needed to launch their careers in HR.  Offer an HR internship! If you’re ready to get started and find your ideal intern, please follow this link: (

Interested in more details about the alliance? Follow this link for the press release:(  

Mentoring Opportunity

Do you want to get involved and make a difference in the lives of our local students? SHRM Memphis has partnered with TN Achieves to provide mentoring opportunities for our members to help Juniors and Seniors in High School eliminate some of the barriers often associated with college access. Specifically, this mentoring opportunity would be to help students navigate the cumbersome process of applying for schools, filling out applications and filling out scholarship and federal aid paperwork. After an initial two hour training, the typical commitment to these students is less than an hour a month and is typically via phone or text messaging just following up and answering simple questions.


If you are interested in this great opportunity to make a difference in our community, but don’t have a lot of time to invest, this is the community initiative for you. Please email Tara Johnson at [email protected] with your name and contact information.


Please click here for the Mentor Application.
Please click here for the Mentor Handbook.

Heathcare Challenges in a Post COVID-19 Workplace

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Posted by TStegall on 04/17/2020 12:00 am  /   Additional Resources

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Posted by TStegall on 04/15/2020 12:00 am  /   Additional Resources, COVID-19 Home Page Highlight

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New CDC Guidelines for Exposed Employees Returning to Work

Posted by TStegall on 04/13/2020 12:00 am  /   Workplace Safety

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COVID-19 Legal Update for TN, MS & AR Employers

Posted by TStegall on 04/13/2020 12:00 am  /   Policies and Protocols

COVID-19 Legal Update for TN, MS & AR Employers: Discussions of the Most Recent Developments under the New Laws and Actual Workplace Scenarios Date: 4/14/2020 Time: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Location: GoToWebinar Join attorneys from the Memphis office of Fisher Phillips for a COVID-19 update on...

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April 2020 Issue of HR Professionals Magazine

Posted by TStegall on 04/09/2020 12:00 am  /   Additional Resources

Check out the April 2020 Issue of HR Professionals Magazine for updates on how HR Experts in the area are handling COVID-19 related challenges.

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Posted by TStegall on 04/09/2020 12:00 am  /   Families First CRA

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How to Engage Remote Employees During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Posted by StarChapter on 04/09/2020 12:00 am  /   Telecommuting

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