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VETS Issues Final Rule Changing Requirements for VETS-100A in 2015

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For federal contractors, VETS-100A Reports are an annual staple to affirmative action compliance, but with the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) finalizing the form and filing requirements for 2015, things are about to change.

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Berkshire Director Testifies on EEOC Accountability

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On September 17, Berkshire’s Director of Regulatory Affairs, Lynn Clements, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Workforce Protections on the issues of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) transparency and accountability. Lynn has close to 20 years of experience as an HR consultant, worked as a lawyer at several management-side law firms, and formerly served as a staff member at EEOC and the Department of Labor (DOL). Lynn used her expertise to testify before the Congressional subcommittee regarding the following EEOC legislative proposals:

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BIG Data and Recruitment: Managing Contractor Requirements

BIG Data in Recruitment

It should come as no surprise that Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ (OFCCP) Section 503 and VEVRAA requirements greatly impact your recruitment compliance processes. The changes made to the regulations implementing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA). Section 503 and VEVRAA prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating in employment against Individuals with Disabilities (IWDs) and Protected Veterans (PV). These employers are required to take affirmative action to recruit, hire, promote, and retain these individuals.

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Recruitment Tip: Job Postings, Think Outside of the Box!

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If you have recently started to have trouble filling your open jobs with well-qualified candidates, or you're not attracting a diverse pool of applicants, it may be time to start posting your openings in other places. You have most likely considered posting your jobs on your company website or major job search sites such as Monster and CareerBuilder, but you may need to start thinking outside of the box. Here are some places that will expand your job posting horizon:

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Is There Discrimination in Your Recruitment?

Diversity in recruitment

“Her skin is too dark,” “I disagree with their religion,” “He was not born in the United States of America.” If any of these statements were used to justify denying an applicant during the recruitment process, that particular organization would be labeled racist and a lawsuit would most likely follow. If asked, most, if not all, hiring managers would say they take every step to encourage diversity and nullify discrimination. With a recent case catching multiple organizations exemplifying discriminatory practices, it is time to ask, is there racism in your recruitment?

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Top Talent Requirements are Met When You Hire a Vet!

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One of the goals of any great organization is to recruit the best talent. With proven skills and dedication to complete a task, recruiters may be missing out on top talent if Veteran recruitment is overlooked. In addition to keeping your organization compliant with Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) regulations, hiring Veterans invites unique and valuable experience into the workplace. Below are some great qualities which enable former military personnel to be an asset to your organization.  

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Religious Discrimination in the Workplace: When Does An Employer Have to Accommodate?

Religion in Workplace

By: Michael J. Neary, Attorney at Lerch, Early & Brewer

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Berkshire's Interpretation of OFCCP Directive on Gender Discrimination

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By Lynn Clements, Director of Regulatory Affairs

On August 19, 2014, Patricia Shiu, Director of Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), issued guidance to field staff clarifying that discrimination based on gender identityand transgender status is sex discrimination under Executive Order 11246. Executive Order prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, and religion in employment. 

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Understanding OFCCP’s New FAQs on the Employer-Employee Relationship

OFCCP Audit

What factors should you use to determine whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor for inclusion in your AAP? Last week OFCCP posted a new set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to assist federal contractors with determining who is an employee, and who is an independent contractor or other non-employee for purposes of developing affirmative action programs. The FAQ provides a set of factors, called the Darden factors, which are based on a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court decision called Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. v. Darden, 503 U.S. 318 (1992). See also Federal Contract Compliance Manual (FCCM), Key Words and Phrases, p. 298 (defining “employee”):

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How Effective Employer Branding Can Attract Your Right-fit Candidates

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Today’s employment culture is vastly different from just a few years ago, yet many employers are still using the “corporate speak” approach developed for that former mindset in recruitment. As the economy continues to improve, candidates have more job choices. This is why it’s each organization’s responsibility to keep up with the issues that concern their potential employees the most. The market for talent is becoming very competitive, and getting ahead means management must hunt for the best ways to attract top talent. Job candidates are not just looking for a pay check—they want work with meaning in their lives, a comfortable workplace, and job satisfaction.

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About Berkshire Associates

Berkshire Associates is a human resources consulting and technology firm that specializes in helping companies build their ideal, balanced workforce. As an industry leader, we specialize in applicant management, compensation management, affirmative action, workforce planning, diversity, and professional training. Since 1983 we have serviced this nation’s most recognizable companies; and as a result we have mastered solutions that work for our clients. Through our expertise, we will deliver results that successfully and continually work towards building a balanced and equitable workplace.

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