ASK THE EXPERTS: Diversity Recruitment

ASK THE EXPERT: Diversity Recruitment with Jim Janson, AJE VP of Engineering

Up next in America’s Job Exchange (AJE) ‘Ask The Expert’ blog series, we are featuring Jim Janson, VP of Engineering. Jim lends his expertise both behind the scenes with our product and out in front with his extensive industry knowledge.

Q: You can’t be the Vice President without having proficiency in certain areas. Can you tell us what your areas of focus are at AJE and the unique position you have? 

A:  I have been leading the engineering team at America’s Job Exchange for the past 6 years.  In this role I work with the team that develops and maintains our network of websites, the systems for getting jobs from customers, job distribution services, the Outreach Management Solution, and all of the reporting that support those activities.

Q: How do you use your expertise to assist our customers here at AJE?

A: I work closely with our Sales and Account Management teams to understand the needs of our customers.  I take that input along with my engineering knowledge of our systems to develop proposals for products and enhancements.  This enables us to quickly implement features that help our customers continue to be successful. Continue reading

After the AAP

How to Properly Implement the Affirmative Action Plan  – OutSolve’s newest presentation will help managers remove the grey areas of Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) implementation.

Here at OutSolve we support contractors throughout the country in Affirmative Action Planning, OFCCP audits and all things relate to EEO/AA compliance. Our primary interest is in AAP support, meaning every day we work with data, generate reports and answer hundreds of questions related to compliance. One important lesson we have learned over the years is that while many plan requirements are clear and well documented, not all aspects of compliance are so straightforward. Affirmative action planning can be as much an art as it is a science. It is often these grey areas that require the most support so OutSolve created a presentation to help federal contractors understand the requirements surrounding training and affirmative action plan implementation. Continue reading

Top 5 Reasons OFCCP Audits Fail

Here at America’s Job Exchange (AJE) we pride ourselves on “beginning to end” audit support back by our team of compliance experts. This team is led by AJE’s Director of Compliance, Gary Cowan. Gary spent over 24 years at the Department on Labor as an auditor, trainer and director…and now he’s on the “other side.” This unique customer experience, combined with our industry leading diversity recruitment and OFCCP compliance solutions empowers our customers and gives them peace of mind. Being aware of the most prevalent audit failures before an actual government audit, will better prepare federal contractors in creating effective best practices and keeping compliant.

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ASK THE EXPERT: OFCCP Audits

This is a first, in a series, of ‘Ask The Expert’ Q&A blogs where we will tap into the vast pool of industry knowledge we have here at America’s Job Exchange (AJE). This blog features our resident expert, Gary Cowan, Director of Compliance.

Q: I know you are an expert in your field, but can you give others a quick summary of why you are particularly knowledgeable in the area of OFCCP audits?

A: I worked at the US Department of Labor for over 24 years, 16 years as an investigator and 8 years in the Administration of DOL. During my time as an investigator I trained hundreds of investigators in investigative techniques and the application of the regulations. I also spent 8 years in Boston, NY and DC as a Director of Administration, supervising over 50 staff members, coordinating several national special projects and working with regional directors nationwide.

Q: How do you use your expertise to assist our customers here at AJE?

A: I have the unique experience that I have trained the auditors in investigative techniques, the application of regulations and the inner workings on how and why companies are audited. Providing that information to our customers is extremely valuable in their approach to an OFCCP audit.
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Did You Miss Our Webinar? OFCCP Audits – 5 Reasons They Fail

Due to high demand for more information into the industry trends of the topics of Human Resources, Labor Relations, Department of Labor regulations and compliance expectations, America’s Job Exchange has gone monthly with its educational webinars.

This September we chose to tackle OFCCP audits. We know they exist. We assist our customers through them weekly… but how is one organization selected over another? What takes place during these investigations? Is there any way to prepare, ahead of time, for an audit? If you have visions of a meltdown dancing in your head, knee-deep in a pile of paperwork…we can save yourself the rise in blood pressure. We teamed up with our trusted partners at Portnoy, Messinger, Pearl & Associates (PMP). They are based in New York and have been committed to providing full-service, strategic guidance on all facets of employer/employee relationships and providing guidance through the numerous laws and regulations that pertain to labor relations and human resource. Continue reading

“Should I Disclose my Disability During a Job Search?”

Employers and job seekers are often unclear as to their rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Some employers look upon the ADA with a little fear –- fear of litigation, fear that accommodating someone with a disability costs too much money, or fear that accommodations will mean more work for the employer or their staff. Perhaps the biggest misconception is that the ADA is a law for “those people”. In reality, the ADA is for all of us. According to the Social Security Administration, one in four of today’s twenty-year olds will become disabled before they retire. The ADA is a landmark civil rights law that provides for equal treatment of all people with a disability.

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