Recruitment Tip: Take Your Recruitment Process to the Next Level with Video

Posted by Lauren Morency, HR Consultant

If you’re looking to make your company stand out and take your job postings to the next level, consider adding videos to your recruitment process. According to HireRabbit, job postings with video icons are viewed 12% more than job postings without video and have a 34% greater application rate. Whether you attach a video to each of your job postings, or just add a few to your company career page, videos are a great way to grab job seekers’ attention and share more about your company than you can in writing.

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Tags: HR Training, HR and Social Media, Employer Branding, Job Descriptions

Data Collection and Applicant Tracking in 2015

Posted by Michele Whitehead, SPHR, Manager, HR Services

Earlier this year, Berkshire offered two approaches to collecting new regulatory data requirements for Protected Veterans (PV) and Individuals with Disabilities (IWD): proactive versus deferred. Federal contractors with an affirmative action plan (AAP) date prior to March 24, 2014, were not required to begin collecting additional information from applicants or employees with respect to Veteran or disability status until their next AAP year. Under a “proactive” approach, contractors would begin putting systems in place to collect data prior to their next plan date. If you are a contractor who deferred data collection to the 2015 plan year, here’s a quick recap of data collection requirements in 2015.

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Tags: Applicant Tracking, Recruitment Process, Affirmative Action, Disability (IWD), Veterans

OFCCP Posts Two New FAQs Regarding Hiring Veterans and Persons with Disabilities

Posted by Berkshire Associates

As part of its on-going effort to provide guidance to the contractor community, OFCCP has posted two new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 503)  and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA). These laws prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating in employment against individuals with disabilities (IWDs) and protected Veterans, and requires these employers to take affirmative action to recruit, hire, promote, and retain these individuals.

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Tags: Recruitment Process, Affirmative Action, Disability (IWD), Workforce Balance, Veterans

Federal Contractors Begin to Prepare for $10.10 Minimum Wage

Posted by Lynn A. Clements, Director, Regulatory Affairs

The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently released final regulations implementing Executive Order 13658, which sets a minimum wage for workers supporting certain federal contracts and subcontracts as of January 1, 2015.

What is the New Minimum Wage For Covered Contracts?

When the rule takes effect on January 1, 2015, the new minimum wage for covered contracts will be $10.10 per hour. However, the Secretary of Labor may adjust the minimum wage each year based on the annual percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers. In addition, contractors should note there are special rules for tipped employees.

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Tags: Compensation Compliance

Five Ways to Keep Your Applicant Tracking Process Compliant...

Posted by Sonia Chapin, SPHR, CCP

Most federal contractors know by now that tracking race, gender, Veteran status, and disability status are part of the pre-hire requirements for applicants. As part of implementing Berkshire’s new good faith efforts tracker, BALANCEreach, Berkshire’s consultants have a chance to review applicant tracking processes of clients across all industries and sizes. Based on this experience, our consultants offer the following five suggestions for a fully Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) compliant applicant tracking process:

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Tags: Applicant Tracking, Recruitment Process, Affirmative Action, Disability (IWD), Veterans, OFCCP Audit, HR solutions

How Effective Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Practices Impact Your Organization

Posted by Jessica Love, HR Consultant

Throughout corporate history diversity and inclusion have been two sensitive and highly controversial topics, which have shaped and molded organizational cultures. After a generation of diversity work, organizations increasingly worry that despite their success in bringing workplace diversity in the door, even the most diligently executed initiatives will not be enough to shatter the glass, concrete, bamboo, tortilla, and rainbow ceilings. Despite years of incremental progress, truly meaningful breakthroughs remain elusive—with managerial and leadership ranks falling far short of reflecting what should be the most diverse workforce in the history of civilization. Increasingly, executives realize if they don’t get this right, and fail to utilize the diverse talent around them, organizations face weakened financials at best, and extinction at worst.

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Tags: Affirmative Action, Diversity, HR Training, Workforce Balance, Employer Branding

Veterans and Section 503 Updates: One Year Later

Posted by Cindy Karrow, SPHR, Senior HR Consultant

One year ago Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced changes to the regulations implementing VEVRAA and Section 503—these changes rocked the world for many contractors. Visions of system changes and challenges swirled around in our heads. Thoughts about recruitment process and procedures and about how to count open jobs and filled jobs consumed us. Those regulations took effect March 24, 2014, and contractors are putting the finishing touches on compliance with them. Let’s take a look back at the past year and see where we came from and where we are now.

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Tags: Recruitment Process, HR Training, Disability (IWD), Veterans

The OFCCP Horizon—What’s in Store for 2015

Posted by Lynn A. Clements, Director, Regulatory Affairs

With Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ (OFCCP) latest fiscal year closing September 30, the agency and federal contractors are looking forward to 2015. This article summarizes some important affirmative action enforcement trends and policy developments federal contractors can expect to see from OFCCP in 2015. Buckle your seat belts—it’s going to be a busy year!

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Tags: Compensation Compliance, Affirmative Action, OFCCP Audit, Workplace Discrimination

Performance Reviews: How to Make the Process Smoother

Posted by Coriana Spencer

Performance Review Process

Most employees, including managers, dread performance reviews. Although organizations vary in procedures, there are some fundamental best practices that will ensure a smooth process for everyone.

Prepare—Employees should be aware of the way in which they will be evaluated. Managers should specifically describe what they expect of employees and how performance will be evaluated. This will limit confusion during the evaluation. Also, to avoid last minute misunderstandings and chaos, when performance review time is approaching, everyone should be given notice.

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Tags: HR Training, Workforce Balance

OFCCP Announces Approval of its New Scheduling Letter

Posted by Berkshire Associates

This year has been an incredible time of change for Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), and the agency capped off its fiscal year by announcing the approval of a new letter for scheduling contractors for compliance checks and reviews. Three years after proposing changes to the letter, the agency has received Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval on a revised letter. OMB approval on the new letter is for a period of three years, and includes a major change to how compensation data is collected, while taking into account revisions to the Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans affirmative action plans (AAPs) effective earlier this year.

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Tags: Compensation Compliance, Affirmative Action, OFCCP Audit