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," and make your way through the other assets below.

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Tags: Affirmative Action

View Video - Berkshire Partners With Justifacts on Popular "Keep HR Out of the Courtroom" Webinar

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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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