Today’s employers have to manage an increasingly diverse work force. Diversity candidates are one of a growing group to join the labor market, and employers have to be both proactive and are required to recruit from this rich, talent pool – one that can be critical to your hiring business plan. As a federal contractor or subcontractor, a new regulation enacted by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) directly impacts you and your diversity recruiting initiatives.
The purpose of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs is to enforce – for the benefit of job seekers – Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) legislation. This legislation requires that those who do business with the Federal government make job opportunities available to diversity candidates – minorities, women, veterans, Americans with disabilities, and others; candidates that are traditionally considered to be under represented in the workforce. OFCCP Compliance is based on several laws governing equal employment including the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act, or VEVRAA and the amended version, Jobs for Veterans Act (JVA), both of which stipulate that Federal contractors take affirmative action for the recruitment of veterans. It also includes the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 which protects Americans with disabilities, and Executive Order 11246, the landmark legislation prohibiting against discriminating in employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. OFCCP Compliance, in particular to VEVRAA and JVA, dictates that as a federal contractor or subcontractor you must abide by mandatory job listing requirements to the appropriate state agencies. Outreach to other community groups is expected and required.
You must also be prepared to furnish reporting on hiring data to meet these regulations, in preparation for a potential audit. If these OFCCP requirements apply to you, America’s Job Exchange OFCCP Compliance Solutions will not only help you create a diverse workforce but also meet these regulations.