Right now, federal contractors are doing more than ever when it comes to being compliant with their Affirmative Action Plans.
And, if your company doesn’t have a dedicated equal employment opportunity staff (EEOS) or an HR manager who isn’t knowledgeable in Affirmative Action Plans, knowing the requirements to be compliant could be stressful, especially when the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) makes changes that you don’t fully understand.
Since the new regulations regarding Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities went into effect in March 2014, the contractor community has been filled with questions on how to best implement the two new pieces of legislation that are part of the recordkeeping requirements.
It’s easy once you put it into easier terms.
First, contractors shall undertake appropriate outreach and positive recruitment activities that are reasonably designed to effectively recruit qualified protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. This simply means that companies must make valid effort to find candidates who are either veterans, individuals with disabilities or both.
Second, in an effort to measure the effectiveness of the outreach activities, contractors must document and annually update several quantitative comparisons for the number of covered veterans and people with disabilities who apply for jobs and the corresponding amount that are hired for three years. In short, part fo the requirements are that companies need to keep more-detailed records of those efforts.
For many contractors, the task of recording the new categories on the applicant flow log and current workforce data is just a new procedure that involves adjusting the forms that are already kept and detailing the information for reporting purposes. But, if you are already unsure if you are following the OFCCP’s previous requirements, it might be time to ask for assistance.
Our staff will provide the support and expertise to examine your current Affirmative Action Plan to ensure that you 100-percent meet the requirements while offering the peace of mind of being there every step of the way if you are not.