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

The Lowdown on VEVRAA

The Lowdown on VEVRAAIn 2012, approximately 2.6 million of the nation´s veterans had served during Gulf War-era II. The unemployment rate for this category of veterans was 9.9 percent, compared to nonveterans at 7.9 percent. In this same year, the unemployment rate for male Gulf War-era II veterans age 18 to 24 was 20.0 percent, higher than the rate for nonveterans of the same age group (16.4 percent). In response to this data and the issues facing our returning veterans looking for employment, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance (OFCCP) revised The Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA). The new VEVRAA regulations’ goals are to strengthen contractors’ affirmative action and nondiscrimination responsibilities and address the barriers veterans face upon returning to civilian.

On January 31st, 2014, The OFCCP has mailed advance notice audit letters to about 2,100 employers pre-warning them of a near future audit for compliance with the new rules governing VEVRA and Section 503 (for candidates with disabilities). Are you ready for the new regulations? What do you need to know to comply?  Are you in compliance now?

The VEVRAA new regulations are right around the corner and take effect on March 24, 2014.

AJE is coordinating with OFCCP experts to educate federal contractors on the new changes.
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New Regulations for OFCCP Compliance Discussed in Highly Attended Webinar

New Regulations for OFCCP Compliance Discussed in Highly Attended WebinarWhile half of the nation was under a thick blanket of snow and many schools and offices remained closed on February 5, almost 500 HR and compliance professionals called in to the highly anticipated webinar hosted by AJE President Rathin Sinha and Ahmed Younies, President of HR Unlimited. As the new regulations related to affirmative action and improvement of hiring and employment of veterans and people with disabilities go in to effect on March 24, the interest is very high to learn about the details of the changes and roadmap for implementation. The attendees were not disappointed. Both Ahmed and Rathin are industry leaders in their respective areas and they were not holding back to share their perspective and expertise. “This was a great webinar” exclaimed Pamela Headsten who was in attendance for her organization attendees in a note to Rathin “ I have been studying and researching this area aggressively for months now, and this was the single best source of information I have found yet.  Thank you for doing this. Keep it up”.
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Ready or not – the new regulations are less than 90 days away!

Ready or not – the new regulations are less than 90 days away!In less than 90 days, on March 24, the new regulations to improve hiring and employment of veterans and individuals with disabilities (IWD) go into effect. These final two rules announced on August 27, 2013 represent major step forward for the affirmative action agenda of the OFCCP leadership that has been active and engaged since the first term of the current administration. According to Patricia Shiu, the Director of the OFCCP these revised rules represent “…an important step toward reducing barriers to real opportunities for veterans and individuals with disabilities”. The new regulations strengthen the existing mandates requiring federal contractors and subcontractors to affirmatively recruit, hire, train and promote qualified veterans and individuals with disability. The new regulations require contractors to set a goal for recruitment and employment from the above two groups, and annually measure progress through quantifiable metrics. They also establish stringent recordkeeping requirements, and provide clear guidelines for mandatory job listing for protected veterans at the state Employment Service Delivery Systems (ESDS). Continue reading

AJE President Outlines Outreach and Data Analysis Strategies for Compliance at the Arizona Compliance Conference

Rathin with John GarzaAmerica’s Job Exchange Founder and President, Rathin Sinha, was a featured speaker at the 16th Annual Compliance Conference in Phoenix, Arizona organized by Arizona ILG last week where he outlined revisions in the VEVRAA and Section 503 regulations announced by the OFCCP . He described in great detail, how AJE is enhancing its Internet recruitment outreach, reporting and data analysis capabilities to ensure that employers are successful in a compliance audit scenario under the new regulations.
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America’s Job Exchange outreach with the Greater Boston Food Bank

The Greater Boston Food Bank & KyleRecently, AJE’s own Kyle Brown volunteered at the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB), for the first annual AJE holiday outreach effort.  The experience was eye opening and fulfilling, Kyle said.  The GBFB is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England.  Their goal for 2013 is to make sure that every person in need in Eastern Massachusetts could be provided at least ONE meal a day.

Below Kyle summarizes his enriching day at the GBFB on Nov 4th.

While volunteering at the GBFB I was given the opportunity to serve alongside many veterans who work at the GBFB in order to help serve their community.  I was also able to work with many local agencies that bring food to those in need; particularly to those with disabilities, homeless veterans, and children in need of assistance (many of whom are in this situation because of disabled, and Veteran parents unable to find work).  I was able to converse with many agency leaders, workers, and volunteers about how hard it is today for Veterans to showcase their skills and land the job they need.
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