On Tuesday, November 10th, America’s Job Exchange (AJE) hosted the webinar ‘Hiring Veterans: OFCCP Year in Review and Corporate Case Study’. It was AJE’s way of honoring veterans and bringing awareness to veterans’ hiring needs and the challenges they face in the workplace.
The response to this webinar illustrates that HR and recruiting professionals are eagerly seeking information and assistance with their OFCCP compliance initiatives. There is a need for clarity regarding certain OFCCP developments, particularly in the following areas:
- The OFCCP regulations around veterans (VEVRAA)
- Best practices for veteran hiring
- OFCCP’s increased focus on outreach and what this means for employers
Guest speakers Laura Mitchell Esq., Shareholder, Jackson Lewis and Paul Turevon, Vice President, Time Warner Cable, provided attendees with a detailed presentation that addressed these concerns with precise information and practical tips to help them prepare for continuous OFCCP compliance.
One important point Mitchell made was that the guidelines pertaining to veteran recruitment have changed in a number of ways with the revised OFCCP regulations that went into effect March 24, 2014. The new guidelines include:
- Soliciting veteran status from applicants & employees
- Recording veterans hiring benchmark
- Documenting accommodation requests
- Assessing effectiveness of outreach
The Time Warner Cable (TWC) case study, presented by Turevon, was a testimony to the company’s great commitment to veterans. Currently the percentage of TWC employees who self-identify as veterans is 8.2 percent which is 1.2 % above the OFCCP recommended benchmark of 7%. Additionally, 8.9% of TWC’s new hires and over 10% of its Directors and above have self-identified as a veteran!
TWC, under Turevon’s leadership, conducts detailed analysis of the entire process of veteran recruitment. If they sourced a veteran and that candidate was not hired, an After Action Review (AAR) interview with the Hiring Leader is conducted to understand why such a candidate was not hired. The common themes usually were veterans:
- Came across as too reserved
- Didn’t sell themselves
- Were challenged at times to explain the decision to leave the military
To better support veterans, Turevon attended the US Department of Labor Veterans Employment Workshop at Fort Bragg. Following this workshop, TWC began to coach veterans on how to interview. An initiative was undertaken to educate the recruiters on how to understand military experiences and advocate to hiring leaders.
At America’s Job Exchange we believe that a diverse workforce is beneficial to every company and its employees. Our mission is to provide the best tools, resources and information to connect employers and diverse talent. We aim to not only provide resources and tools for your diversity recruiting needs but to connect you with partners that can help you meet your goals. We look forward to providing you with more informative programs like this one. Slides to the full webinar will be available shortly.