GAO Report Released: Recommends Increased Oversight, Regular Monitoring, and Possible Electronic Collection of Affirmative Action Plans

Posted by Carla Pittman, Senior Manager, Berkshire Associates on September 23 2016


On September 22, 2016 the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released the finding of its study on Equal Employment Opportunity in a report titled, "Strengthening Oversight Could Improve Federal Contractor Nondiscrimination Compliance." The GAO conducted this study to evaluate Office of Federal Contracts Compliance Programs (OFCCP) enforcement practices.

Federal Minimum Wage Under Executive Order 13658 Set To Increase

Posted by Cheryl Boyer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice President of Client Services on September 22 2016

Executive Order 13658 requires that employers with certain federal construction and service contracts pay employees performing “work on or associated with the contracts” at least the Federal Minimum Wage for Contractors. Effective January 1, 2017, the minimum wage for employees working on federal contracts increases from $10.10 per hour to $10.20 per hour. 

The EEO-1 2016 Filing Cycle is Coming to an End: Are You Prepared?

Posted by Cindy Karrow, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Senior HR Consultant on September 21 2016

Companies who are required to file EEO-1s must file their reports by September 30, 2016. The desired method for filing EEO-1s is by entering the data into the EEO-1 website or generating an electronic upload file. For companies who have been filing by an electronic upload file, there is an exciting new development.

Maximize the Benefits of Social Recruiting With a Strategic Approach

Posted by Lauren Collinson, Senior Communications Specialist on September 15 2016

Today, people spend a considerable amount of time on social media and online professional networks, making them an ideal channel for targeting both passive and active candidates. However, to maximize the benefits of social recruiting, you must adopt a strategic approach. Here’s how to build your strategy:

Rules of Thumb for High-Volume Job Openings

Posted by Lauren Collinson, Senior Communications Specialist on September 13 2016

Crafting a job description that will be seen by as many candidates as possible—and subsequently handling the work that comes along with it—is a difficult part of a recruiter’s job. If you find yourself wondering how you can improve your process, first be sure you’re adhering to the following rules of thumb:

Government Finalizes Rules to Implement Blacklisting Executive Order

Posted by Lynn A. Clements, Director, Regulatory Affairs on September 9 2016

The Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council and U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)  issued a final rule implementing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order—often called the Blacklisting Rule. Proposed rules published in May 2015 drew significant criticism from federal contractors, and with few significant changes made to the proposal, many expect a potential legal challenge to the rules by the business community. With compliance deadlines looming, however, most federal contractors, especially those with high value contracts, need to take time now to understand the implications of the final rule.

Master Sourcing in the Recruiting Process

Posted by Carla Pittman, Senior Manager, Berkshire Associates on September 8 2016

With so many different avenues and methods of sourcing available, it’s no surprise that HR professionals get overwhelmed sometimes. However, with the combination of a calm and collected approach, focused strategy and intuitive technology, HR professionals can create the most effective modern candidate hiring techniques available.

Numbers Don’t Lie: Recruiting Technology Reigns Supreme

Posted by Mary Madden on September 6 2016

Every now and then it’s important to look at industry statistics to see what products and services are having the biggest impact. If you haven’t had a chance to scour the internet, don’t worry about it—we’ve got you covered with some numbers that really jump off the page and speak for themselves.

Do Not Hide From Job Seekers! Optimize Your Job Listing

Posted by Lauren Collinson, Senior Communications Specialist on August 31 2016

Job descriptions have become incredibly complex, which has both helped and hurt HR departments. Here are a few tips to optimize your listings to ensure the right job seekers are finding them. 

Lynn Clements Analyzes Affirmative Action Dilemmas at Southern California Pacific Region ILGs Compliance Summit

Posted by Coriana Spencer, HR Industry Writer and Blogger on August 30 2016

On September 29, Lynn Clements, Berkshire's Director of Regulatory Affairs, will present "What Would You Do? Play Along as We Address Real World Affirmative Action Dilemmas" in Orange County, California at the Southern California Pacific Region ILGs Compliance Summit.