Five Applicant Tracking Software Must-Haves for 2015

Posted by Patti Mascone

Although recruitment and hiring are constants for HR professionals, these practice areas are often marked by constant change, particularly for federal contractors who face evolving regulations. With such a big focus on effective recruitment in 2015, the following five must-haves of an excellent applicant tracking system (ATS) will keep you on track:

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Tags: Applicant Tracking, Background Checks, Disability (IWD), Veterans, Employer Branding

A Look Back—2014 Compliance Year in Review

Posted by Lynn A. Clements, Director, Regulatory Affairs

As we look forward to what is to come in 2015, it’s important to reflect on where we have travelled. The ride was bumpy for federal contractors in 2014, and perhaps best described as “under construction” for Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). The agency implemented or proposed a series of new regulatory requirements, placed new directors in several regional field offices, and refined its investigative procedures to more aggressively root out unlawful discrimination.

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Tags: Compensation Compliance, Disability (IWD), Veterans

Eight Ways to Survive an OFCCP Audit

Posted by Cindy Karrow, SPHR, Senior HR Consultant

Auld Lang Syne was a Scottish poem written in 1788 and later set to music. The title translates to times gone by. It is about not forgetting the past. We should take a lesson in not forgetting the past as we ring in 2015. The year 2014 brought with it a slew of new regulations for federal contractors and a revised itemized listing for the scheduling letter. The New Year offers an opportunity for a fresh look at the OFCCP compliance review.  

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Tags: Recruitment Process, Affirmative Action, Disability (IWD), Veterans, OFCCP Audit

Making Your HR New Year’s Resolutions

Posted by Laura Pohopin, Compliance Solutions Specialist

How many of us make resolutions for the New Year, or even keep them? Here's a suggestion a little different from the typical New Year's resolution—it’s one that comes with the expert assistance to help you keep it...for more than a week! 

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Tags: Applicant Tracking, Affirmative Action, HR Training, Disability (IWD), Veterans

The Top HR Trends for 2015

Posted by Coriana Spencer

With the start of a new year, it is important to not only continue proven methods of success, but to take a look at new trends in HR and determine how to properly implement them throughout the year. Below are some of the top HR trends for 2015:

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Tags: Applicant Tracking, Recruitment Process, HR Training, HR and Social Media, Employer Branding, Videos

OFCCP Posts Two FAQs Regarding Hiring Veterans

Posted by Lynn A. Clements, Director, Regulatory Affairs

As we first reported in a November blog post, earlier this week, OFCCP confirmed in two new FAQs that Federal contractors are no longer required to ask individuals to identify the specific Protected Veteran category to which they belong post-offer, since reporting on the specific categories is no longer required by the new VETS-4212 Report. Instead, Federal contractors may use the same voluntary self-identification form both pre- and post-offer to gather Veteran status information.

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Best Strategies for Employee Retention

Posted by Coriana Spencer

As discussed in my recent article, “Employee Retention: Keeping Your Employees in 2015,” after conducting a survey of 3,056 employers from various industries, CareerBuilder found that 30% of all employees regularly search for jobs and 23% of employees ages 18-34 expect to have a new job by the end of the year. Employers must take action to reduce turnover and encourage a stronger commitment to their organizations. Here are some vital employee retention strategies every organization should practice:

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Tags: Recruitment Process, HR Training, Workforce Balance, Employer Branding, Job Descriptions

Equal Pay Report Feedback Submitted to OFCCP

Posted by Lauren Collinson

On January 5, comments were due to Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs’ (OFCCP) in response to the proposed “Equal Pay Report,” requiring covered federal contractors to report on employee compensation on an annual basis. Berkshire submitted its comment after conducting a survey of our clients to understand how the rule would impact them, and also thorough research of the regulation itself.

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Employee Retention: Keeping Your Employees in 2015

Posted by Coriana Spencer

From November 4, 2014 to December 2, 2014, CareerBuilder conducted a survey of 3,056 employers from various industries to find out what will affect employee retention in 2015. According to CareerBuilder, 30% of employees regularly search for jobs and 23% of employees ages 18-34 expect to have a new job by the end of the year. Retaining employees is vital to having a productive, successful organization. Some benefits of retaining employees are:

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Tags: HR Training, Workforce Balance, Employer Branding, HR solutions

The Talk: Three Best Practices for Discussing Compensation

Posted by Coriana Spencer

The topic of money can be an uncomfortable discussion. Despite the fact money plays a crucial role in everyone’s life, often managers and employees tiptoe around the subject, discussing it only when absolutely necessary. It’s imperative for employees and managers to discuss compensation expectations, abilities, and possibilities frequently and comfortably. Here are three best practices for making “the talk” less stressful for both managers and employees:

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Tags: Compensation Compliance, HR Training