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  • The Role of Intersectionality in Recruitment and Hiring
    by Don Lustenberger, Dalyn Allen - August 6, 2020
    Lately, intersectionality has been generating quite the buzz in HR. Increasingly, employers are enhancing their workforce diversity and inclusion initiatives by focusing on the intersectional perspectives and experiences of their employees. So, what exactly is intersectionality? And what role might it play in organizations’ recruitment and hiring efforts today? What is Intersectionality? “Intersectionality&rdquo...
  • Darden Factors: Who is Included in My Affirmative Action Plan?
    by Alexis Seibert - July 1, 2020
    Many federal contractors who are developing their first-year affirmative action plan (AAP) often have the same question: who should be included in my AAP? The Office of Federal Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has provided some guidance on this topic by stating that all employees who have worked in a federal contractor’s establishment during the fiscal (or plan) year should be included in the contractor’s AAP. Som...
  • Addressing Mental Health Concerns as a Workplace Disability
    by EARN - June 11, 2020
    According to the National Institute on Mental Health, 19 percent of American adults experience mental health conditions each year, such as depression, anxiety disorders (e.g. post-traumatic stress disorder), and bi-polar disorder, to name a few. The vast majority of these individuals are of working age, so it behooves America's employers to learn strategies for fostering a mental health-friendly work culture. For federal...
  • The Value of Evergreen Requisitions
    by Rosemary Cox - May 27, 2020
    In an era where the Office of Federal Contract and Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has become more inquisitive into contractor recruitment and selection processes, there is a need for more awareness around the utility and benefits of using evergreen requisitions. We find that there is both a lack of regulatory guidance for their use and a need for more resources on how to use them effectively to meet business and compliance nee...
  • 5 Good Reasons Employers Should Hire Veterans – From a Former Marine
    by Ben Murphy - May 18, 2020
    There are many good reasons employers should hire veterans, so why does this group still struggle to find meaningful employment? As a former U.S. Marine and founder of HandyVets, Inc – a company that exclusively hires Veteran technicians – I have seen time and time again the myriad of challenges that those who dedicate their lives to our nation experience upon returning from duty. Among these challenges is the f...
  • COVID-19: EEO and ADA Considerations
    by Marilynn L. Schuyler - April 30, 2020
    These are unprecedented times. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused us to rethink, retool, recalibrate and reconsider our options – all for the sake of keeping us safe. Let’s consider some of the equal employment opportunity (EEO) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) considerations. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued guidelines for emp...
  • EEO-1 Update: EEOC Pursues Info Without Pay Data
    by Amanda Bowman - April 9, 2020
    One week before the typical EEO-1 filing deadline of March 31st, EEOC published a notice of information collection in the Federal Register for a 30-day comment period. As with the initial 60-Day Notice, published in September 2019, EEOC continues to seek a three-year approval for the standard EEO-1 data collection (for years 2019, 2020, 2021), but with a new Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) control number. In the 30-Day Notice...
  • by Terri Swain - March 31, 2020
    It never fails in our office. The frantic phone call because a Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) audit letter shows up on a desk, two weeks after sitting on the President's desk, with the yellow sticky note 'please handle.' Before fear and panic set in, here are some pointers for keeping ahead of the scary audit letter. Explore if your organization IS covered by the Affirmat...
  • The Compliance Challenge of Evergreen Requisitions and Pipeline Recruiting
    by Chris Lindholm - March 25, 2020
    It is common knowledge that EEO compliance has developed into an extremely complex and sometimes controversial process. In just the last 14 years alone we have witnessed an endless stream of changes to the expectations of contractors including: Changing from eight (8) to two (2) availability factors The brief, rocky visit of the EO Survey The as yet, unrealized threat of multiple regression as a tool to find comp...
  • How to Properly Manage Evergreen Jobs to Limit Liability
    by Debra Milstein Gardner - March 22, 2020
    Do evergreen job requisitions need to be handled differently than other requisitions? The quick answer is No with the caveat of having a compliant recruiting, applicant tracking and selection process. First, it would be useful to determine if evergreen jobs are really that different from other open positions. To ensure that we are on the same page with the terms, here is how I define the two types of positions for purp...