HR Just Got Better with the eGuide for the Awesome HR Professional!

Posted by Lauren Collinson

Let’s keep it real…if you’re an HR professional, you’re definitely awesome. Only awesome people can do what you do each day. From managing job requisitions to implementing the latest compliance requirements  in your affirmative action program—you wear a lot of hats and do it spectacularly. Which is exactly why Berkshire developed its “eGuide for the Awesome HR Professional” filled with the latest HR information and insights to make you, well, even more awesome (and hopefully make your job a bit easier)!

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Tags: Applicant Tracking, Compensation Compliance, Affirmative Action, HR Training, HR solutions

Check Your Mail – OFCCP Begins New Scheduling Cycle

Posted by Lynn A. Clements, Director, Regulatory Affairs

Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has mailed advanced courtesy notification letters (previously referred to as Corporate Scheduling Announcement Letters or CSALs) to federal contractor establishments that have been selected for an affirmative action compliance review during the agency’s next scheduling cycle. The CSALs are already arriving in mailboxes.

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Tags: Affirmative Action, OFCCP Audit

Recruitment Efforts for Individuals with Disabilities—What’s it All About?

Posted by Cindy Karrow, SPHR, Senior HR Consultant

I had the opportunity this week to attend a presentation by Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Policy, Kathleen Martinez, who leads the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). The event was sponsored by the Kansas City Industry Liaison Group and the Business Leadership Network of Greater Kansas City. Martinez shared some valuable insight and information with us.

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The New VETS-4212 Report: Soliciting Veteran Self-ID Information

Posted by Lynn A. Clements, Director, Regulatory Affairs

As of October 27, the annual VETS-100A Report that federal contractors and subcontractors must file with the Department of Labor, is now called the VETS-4212 Report. It’s important to note this is not just a name change. The new reporting format only requires that federal contractors report on the number of total Protected Veterans (PV) in their workforce in the aggregate, and not by the individual PV categories of disabled Veteran, recently separated Veteran, active duty wartime or campaign badge Veteran, or Armed Forces service medal Veteran. All federal contractors will file the Section 4212 Report beginning with the fall 2015 reporting cycle.

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SHRM Certification to Begin in 2015

Posted by Coriana Spencer

In May 2014, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) announced that starting in mid-2015, it would begin offering an HR certification program. This announcement came as a surprise to many because for almost 40 years the organization has partnered with the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI), offering Human Resource certification. The pre-existing HRCI certifications include the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), and the Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR). As we approach 2015 with the anticipation of HR certifications, let’s take a closer look at SHRM’s new certification program.

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Ghosts of VETS-100/100A – Shedding light on the new VETS-4212 form

Posted by Kristyn Hurley, PHR, Managing Consultant

What can be scarier than the idea of updating all your self-ID forms? How about trying to keep up-to-date with all the changes! Well, the VETS-100/VETS-100A has headed out of town with the Headless Horseman. Just as many federal contractors are finalizing their self-identification forms, the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) of the U.S. Department of Labor has issued a final ruling changing the way Veteran data is gathered.

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Tags: Veterans

Gap Ads: A Lesson in Diversity and Inclusion Training

Posted by Coriana Spencer

Earlier this month, Gap featured a young girl in a wheel chair in an advertisement (featured below) for their fall children’s collection. The use of this child in the clothing advertisement not only attracted children with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities, but also anyone with an understanding of the importance of diversity and inclusion. According to author, T. Hudson Jordan of the Diversity Journal, diversity is “all the ways we differ” and inclusion “puts the concept and practice of diversity into action.”

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Tags: Recruitment Process, Diversity, Workforce Balance, Employer Branding

OFCCP Using New Scheduling Documents for Affirmative Action Compliance Reviews

Posted by Lynn A. Clements, Director, Regulatory Affairs

We've got it on good authority that Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) began using the revised Scheduling Letter and Itemized Listing to schedule reviews for federal contractor establishments. This news triggers the need for contractors to be prepared to submit new data elements to the OFCCP, including individual, employee-level compensation data in order to be in compliance with affirmative action regulations. So, if the thought of having your files and data under a microscope makes you uneasy, then we strongly recommend taking advantage of available resources. Start with viewing the free webinar, "OFCCP's Revised Scheduling Letter: What it Means for Your Company."

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Tags: Affirmative Action

Watch Free Webinar on Ban the Box Legislation and Use of Background Checks in Hiring

Posted by Mary Madden

Effective hiring processes are critical for the success of any company. Berkshire teams up with Justifacts Credential Verification to cover the latest hiring laws and best practices.
This video focuses on human resources compliance in the hiring process. Access the recording, presentation slides, and a robust Q&A sheet here, along with other useful resources to help keep HR out of the courtroom.

Topics include:

  • FCRA Lawsuits
  • EEOC Updates
  • Data Security
  • Ban the Box Legislation
  • Use of Credit Reports in Hiring

Webinar presenters provide guidance and best practices to comply with employment regulations. You will get practical, actionable tips you can start using immediately.

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Tags: Applicant Tracking, Background Checks

OFCCP to Issue Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Final Regulations

Posted by Lynn A. Clements, Director, Regulatory Affairs

In an unusual move, we have learned Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) plans to forego the public comment process and issue final regulations to implement Executive Order 13672—which extends protection against discrimination in hiring and employment to additional classes. It prohibits workplace discrimination in the civilian federal workforce on the basis of gender identity and in hiring by federal contractors on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity.

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