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  • Exploring External Availability Data Beyond the Census 2006-2010 ACS File
    by Michael Pati, Marife Ramos - November 17, 2017
    The Availability Analysis is a critical element of an Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) since, by its very definition, it determines the “qualified labor pool” from which the contractor will be selecting to fill open positions. Those availability results, then, have a direct impact on the outreach efforts towards minorities and women the contractor puts forth, as well as the resources required to invest in such efforts. Given...
  • Former Marine Has Five Good Reasons Why Employers Should Hire Veterans
    by Ben Murphy - November 17, 2017
    The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that as of the end of 2016, the Veteran unemployment rate was 4.3 percent. This means that 460,000 of today's Veterans are living in the United States without jobs. Although this statistic has steadily decreased over the past several years, it's still a disheartening one. As a former U.S. Marine and founder of HandyVets, Inc – a company that exclusively hires Veteran tech...
  • OFCCP and the Rule of Law
    by Bill Doyle - November 17, 2017
    Implementing affirmative action programs and complying with OFCCP requirements are intensely practical matters for those charged with these responsibilities. It may seem that abstract questions about the Rule of Law are far afield from such practical concerns. However, the most important requirement that OFCCP enforces relates to an abstract law: “The contractor will not discriminate against any employee or applicant...
  • New and Proposed Prohibitions on the Disclosure of Salary History
    by Connie Bertram, Emilie Adams - November 17, 2017
    It is a well-known political axiom – and unfortunate reality – that women continue to earn, on average, 79 cents for every dollar earned by men. As federal efforts to address equal pay issues continue to stall, states and localities have stepped into the breach to take meaningful action to try to address pay disparities. One of the tools they have recently relied upon is prohibiting employers from asking applicants about...
  • The OFCCP Digest Volume 7, Issue 11
    by Local JobNetwork™ - November 17, 2017
    Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for 2018 Wishing you all the joys of the holiday season and happiness throughout the coming year! We sincerely thank all of...
  • The Year in Review at OFCCP 2017
    by Bill Osterndorf - November 17, 2017
    Many of us working in the affirmative action field had expected that 2017 might be a year of significant change at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). Instead, the year was striking for the number of things that did not change in regard to OFCCP. No Head of OFCCP Chosen Until November 2017 While it often takes some time for sub-cabinet positions in the federal governm...
  • Applicants
    by Stephanie Meyers - October 20, 2017
    Applicant disposition codes are one factor that can potentially “make or break” Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) data. As a best practice, we recommend having detailed disposition codes that include two pieces of information for each candidate – the step and status. The “step” is the “stage” in which an applicant fell out of during your hiring process, such as: “Phone Screen” “First Interview” “Passed to Hiring Ma...
  • Protecting the privacy of employees
    by Brian Bulger - October 20, 2017
    Oh oh, EEOC has just asked you for a list of names and telephone numbers for a large group of your employees. Why? The usual answer is because EEOC wants to interview at least some of them to see if they have evidence supporting the claims in a discrimination charge filed by another employee. The number is usually large, so the employer has difficulty figuring out who might have talked to the Agency and possibly retaliat...
  • National Disability Awareness Month
    by Carla Irwin - October 20, 2017
    Lately, my client roster is filling up with new federal contractors and I have been focused on getting them up to speed on all their new requirements. We focus on the elements of an AAP, recordkeeping, self-ID forms, posters, etc. When we are in the midst of making sure we have dotted every “i” and crossed every “t”, sometimes we lose sight of the bigger picture. Are we working towards creating an inclusive workforce th...
  • The OFCCP Digest Volume 7, Issue 10
    by Local JobNetwork™ - October 20, 2017
    Why I Hired a Workforce Others Overlooked Topic: Disability For 16 years, I led the Logistics Division of Walgreens that included more than 10,000 employees and 17 distribution centers across the country. I am also the father of two daughters and a 28-year-old son with autism. As might be expected, I am more proud of the latter than any...