What is Affirmative Action?

At its highest level, Affirmative Action is a commitment by a company to make every good faith effort to take positive, results-oriented steps to eliminate employment barriers to women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities. Affirmative Action is not a quota system or requirement to extend preference to unqualified candidates. In fact, government regulations forbid […]

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What are the EEO Race Codes?

IDENTIFICATION OF RACE /ETHNICITY Sourced from EEOC website 1 White (not Hispanic or Latino) – A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, North Africa, or the Middle East. 2 Black or African American (not Hispanic or Latino) – A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of […]

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What are the EEO job categories?

Description of EEO-1 Job Categories Sourced from EEOC website 1.1 Executive/Senior Level Officials and Managers – Individuals who plan, direct and formulate policies, set strategy and provide the overall direction of organizations. Example: chief executive officers, chief operating officers, chief financial officers, line of business heads, presidents or executive vice presidents, chief information officers, chief […]

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How do I understand AAP reports?

Adverse Impact Analysis: These reports are used by OFCCP to determine if discrimination has occurred. The percentage of hires, promotions, terminations and transfers are compared by race and gender using the two standard deviation analysis. If adverse impact is indicated you should conduct an analysis to determine if your personnel practices result in discrimination. Many […]

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Sample EEO Policy and EO Clause Language

Federal affirmative action regulations mandate that Federal contractors include an Equal Opportunity (EO) clause in all contracts, subcontracts and purchase orders.  The intent is to make the nondiscrimination and affirmative action provisions of Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act, and the Jobs for […]

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If my company falls under AAP regulations but my business unit or location does not have any federal contracts do I still need an AAP for that location?

A separate business or organization without Government contracts may be covered under the laws enforced by OFCCP based on an integrated relationship or “single entity” status with a Government contractor. OFCCP uses a five-factor test for determining whether such a relationship exists. The test requires OFCCP to consider whether: the entities have common ownership; the […]

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What are affirmative action good faith efforts?

Good faith efforts can be described as goal-setting efforts to eradicate and prevent discrimination in the hiring process.  One way of accomplishing this is through outreach.  This entails developing targeted, meaningful relationships with different organizations that can assist in getting job openings in front of a diverse applicant pool.  We have provided a couple of tools to […]

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How do I document outreach?

If it isn’t documented, it didn’t happen.  That is the short answer as to why it is important to document all outreach efforts.  Outreach logs will also allow us to perform analytics to more closely understand which of your outreach efforts is providing qualified applicants and which ones are not.

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What forms do I need for applicants to self-id?

Affirmative action employers are required to give all applicants who meet the OFCCP’s definition of applicant the opportunity to self identify race, gender, veteran, and disability status.  If an applicant chooses not to self identify any or all of these categories the employer has still met their tracking obligations and needs to do nothing further. […]

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What are best practices in affirmative action recruiting and hiring?

To have a successful recruiting strategy, we must create a clearly defined Recruitment and Hiring Process utilizing a multi-step process. Steps may include: Advertising our open positions to attract a diverse candidate pool, including: Professional Organizations Publications Associations representing diversity groups Job Fairs The Department of Labor website Utilizing our professional networks Evaluate all open […]

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