Berkshire Associates Inc.

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  • Recorded Webinar: Closing the Gap: Strategies for Managing Pay Equity

    Whether it’s OFCCP or EEOC enforcement efforts, or other internal or external pressures, companies today need sound practices to prevent pay-related issues in the workplace. This webinar offers guidance on the analysis of compensation data and tips on how to employ best practices in fair pay. Berkshire’s pay equity expert, Michele Whitehead also discusses steps companies can take to...

Berkshire Associates Inc.

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  • President Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts Labor Department Budget by 21%

    President Trump released his 2018 budget blueprint on March 16. The budget includes significant funding increases for defense spending, with the Department of Defense, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs receiving budget boosts. Noting the “need to rebuild the Nation’s military without increasing the deficit,” most other agencies, including the Department of Labor, face budget reduc...

Berkshire Associates Inc.

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  • OFCCP Quietly Resolves Hiring Discrimination Claims Against Total Minorities

    In February 2017 Office of Federal Contract Compliance (OFCCP) entered into a conciliation agreement with Oil States Skagit SMATCO, LLC to settle allegations of discrimination against minority applicants for mechanic positions at the offshore equipment and service provider’s Houma, LA location. Specifically, OFCCP’s analysis found adverse impact against minority applicants for the comp...

Berkshire Associates Inc.

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  • International Women’s Day 2017 - Go Beyond Compliance

    Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day. Since the early 1900’s, every year, International Women’s Day calls on individuals, governments, and companies to “be bold for change,” and forge a better working world by closing the gender gap. This day marks a call to action to close disparities in hiring, pay, promotions, and in executive leadership. As a consulting firm that supports ...

  • Congress Asks President Trump to Nix Blacklisting Rules

    The Senate and House passed a joint resolution under the Congressional Review Act disapproving the FAR Council regulations implementing President Obama’s 2014 Executive Order 13673: Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces, often called the “blacklisting” executive order. The resolution now heads to the White House, where it is expected to be signed by President Trump. The president’s signature w...

  • OFCCP Revises Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Posting

    Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has updated the required posting that federal contractors and subcontractors must use to notify applicants and employees of their right to discuss wages. The notice requirements apply to federal contracts and subcontracts that are covered by Executive Order 11246 and entered into or modified on or after January 11, 2016.

Berkshire Associates Inc.

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  • Acting Solicitor of Labor Named

    The Trump Administration has appointed Nicholas Geale as the acting Solicitor for the Department of Labor (DOL). The Solicitor of Labor serves as the internal counsel for the DOL, representing DOL agencies such as the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and the Wage and Hour Division in administrative lawsuits and other litigation. The Solicitor’s office has played a...

  • Puzder Withdraws, Acosta Nominated for Secretary of Labor

    On Wednesday, February 15, 2017, Andrew Puzder, the nominee for Secretary of the United States Department of Labor announced that he was withdrawing his nomination. The next day President Trump announced he was nominating Alexander Acosta to the position. Andrew Puzder, the fast-food executive and owner of Hardees and Carl’s Jr, was unlikely to receive the 51 senatorial votes necessar...

Berkshire Associates Inc.

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  • NEWS ALERT: OFCCP Issues New Round of Advance Notices of Upcoming Audits

    Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has issued a new set of Corporate Scheduling Announcement Letters (CSAL). The notices provide selected contractors with advance notice their establishment has been chosen to undergo a compliance evaluation as part of a scheduling list generated from the OFCCP’s Federal Contractor Selection System (FCCS). The FCSS is the primary way supply ...

  • Lessons Learned from OFCCP FY 2016 Conciliation Agreements without Press Releases

    In FY 2016, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) quietly settled twelve compliance reviews without a press release. This is unusual. Historically, OFCCP publishes a press release with each conciliation agreement. If you missed reading about these resolutions, you missed out on some valuable lessons.

  • Department of Justice Withdraws Request for Partial Stay of Transgender Bathroom Injunction

    The Trump Administration signals it may revisit the government’s position regarding whether transgender students be allowed to use the bathroom of the sex with which they identify. In May 2016 the Obama administration informed schools that “schools receiving federal money may not discriminate based on a student’s sex, including a student’s transgender status.” Pursuant to joint guidanc...

Berkshire Associates Inc.

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  • Designing Job Groups

    A core component of a federal contractor’s affirmative action plan (AAP) is the creation of a job group structure. Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program’s (OFCCP) regulations state the “job group analysis is a method of combining job titles within the contractor’s establishment” (41 CFR 60-2.12). However, what does this mean? What is the best way to do this? Why does this matte...

  • Getting Your Workforce to Self-Identify as Disabled

    In the last two years, federal contractors started tracking and reporting the workforce percentage that self-identified as being an Individual with a Disability (IWD). Time and time again, we hear from employers that applicants and current employees are unlikely or uncomfortable providing their disability status as part of the employment process. Employers are consistently reporting lo...

  • Updated Disability Self-Identification Form Must be Implemented Immediately

    The Office of Management Budget (OMB) has renewed the voluntary self-identification form federal contractors must use to solicit disability status information from applicants and employees. The new form was approved without change and is valid until January 31, 2020. Federal contractors are required to either download the renewed form(s) or update their electronic version(s) of the for...

Berkshire Associates Inc.

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  • Employee Referral Programs – The Good and the Bad

    Employee referral programs can be one of the best sources for hiring good employees. But these programs can also come with some unintended consequences, if not implemented well. There are a least three good reasons for companies to have an employee referral program:

  • President Trump Names Gorsuch as Supreme Court Nominee

    On January 31, President Trump announced his choice for the Supreme Court seat that has been open for almost a year. His nomination of Neil M. Gorsuch, currently serving as a Federal appeals judge in Denver, may signal a more conservative approach for the Court for years to come. Gorsuch is known for his adherence to the original Constitution, rather than approaching it as an evolving ...

Berkshire Associates Inc.

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  • NEW I-9 Form Now Required

    Beginning January 22, 2107, employers started using a revised I-9 form to verify new hires’ eligibility to work in the United States. The new form is dated November 14, 2016. The previous form dated March 8, 2013, is no longer acceptable.  For more information and a copy of the new form go to www.uscis.gov/i-9-central.

  • White House Will Not Rescind LGBT Executive Order

    On January 31, 2017 the White House shared that President Trump will not override the Executive Order (EO) signed during the Obama administration providing workplace protections for LGBT employees working on federal contracts. EO 13672, signed by President Obama in 2014, extended existing EO 11246 protections for federal contract employees to also prohibit employment discrimination bas...

  • Looking into the Crystal Ball: Predictions for Federal Contractors in 2017

    Now that the transfer of power has taken place in Washington, D.C., the only certainty the Federal government contractor community can count on is change. For OFCCP and DOL watchers, the extent of that change and the areas where it will be concentrated is up for debate, so we have summarized a few fearless predictions about what may come in the new year.

Berkshire Associates Inc.

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Generated 5 months ago

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  • Strengthen Your Affirmative Action Planning Skills With Berkshire’s Training Course

    Ensure your organization is compliant with OFCCP regulations by equipping yourself with the proper information and resources. If you’re new to affirmative action or need a refresher due to the new regulations, you should register for Berkshire’s Fundamentals of Affirmative Action Planning class. In addition to 14 HRCI credits, you will gain expert insight into the required components o...

  • Balance Your Workforce With These Essential Skills

    As an HR professional, a critical aspect of your job is being able to assess the skills of a candidate and determine whether they would be a good fit for your organization. However, many of the evaluation and prescreening processes conducted when going through résumés revolve around the hard skills of applicants. While these qualifications are certainly relevant, they are not the onl...

  • OFCCP Announces Expansion of Mega Construction Project Program

    Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently announced the expansion of its Mega Construction Project (MCP) program. According to OFCCP, an MCP is “a major federally funded or federally assisted construction project.” During the early stages of the project, OFCCP engages the different stakeholders in a community, and then focuses on community outreach, technical assi...

Berkshire Associates Inc.

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 6 months ago

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  • The EEO-1 2016 Filing Cycle is Coming to an End: Are You Prepared?

    Companies who are required to file EEO-1s must file their reports by September 30, 2016. The desired method for filing EEO-1s is by entering the data into the EEO-1 website or generating an electronic upload file. For companies who have been filing by an electronic upload file, there is an exciting new development.

  • Maximize the Benefits of Social Recruiting With a Strategic Approach

    Today, people spend a considerable amount of time on social media and online professional networks, making them an ideal channel for targeting both passive and active candidates. However, to maximize the benefits of social recruiting, you must adopt a strategic approach. Here’s how to build your strategy:

Berkshire Associates Inc.

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Type: Blog Article

Generated 6 months ago

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  • Rules of Thumb for High-Volume Job Openings

    Crafting a job description that will be seen by as many candidates as possible—and subsequently handling the work that comes along with it—is a difficult part of a recruiter’s job. If you find yourself wondering how you can improve your process, first be sure you’re adhering to the following rules of thumb:

  • Government Finalizes Rules to Implement Blacklisting Executive Order

    The Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council and U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)  issued a final rule implementing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order—often called the Blacklisting Rule. Proposed rules published in May 2015 drew significant criticism from federal contractors, and with few significant changes made to the proposal, many expect a potential legal challenge ...

  • Master Sourcing in the Recruiting Process

    With so many different avenues and methods of sourcing available, it’s no surprise that HR professionals get overwhelmed sometimes. However, with the combination of a calm and collected approach, focused strategy and intuitive technology, HR professionals can create the most effective modern candidate hiring techniques available.

Berkshire Associates Inc.

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 6 months ago

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