EEOC Issues Resource Document on Rights of Individuals with Mental Health Conditions

Posted by Suzanne Keys, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, HR Consultant on December 27 2016

Recently, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published a user-friendly resource document aimed at advising employees and job applicants with mental health conditions of their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). During the fiscal year 2016, the EEOC saw a large uptick in the number of discrimination charges based on mental health conditions. EEOC resolved almost 5,000 charges and obtained approximately $20 million for individuals with mental health conditions who were denied employment or reasonable accommodation.

Are Your Hiring Practices an Anti-trust Violation?

Posted by Cheryl Boyer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice President of Client Services on December 21 2016

The Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently published guidance to alert Human Resources professionals of the risks of entering into agreements with competitors about employment terms and to provide guidance for safeguarding against the violations.  According to the guidance, when competing employers establish “no poaching” agreements for each other’s employees, it may be a violation of U.S. anti-trust laws.

Wrapping up the AAP Year – What do I do now?

Posted by Cindy Karrow, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Senior HR Consultant on December 15 2016

It is time to wrap up 2016 and put a bow around it. This has been an eventful year for many reasons—one of which was the impact of increased pressure on federal contractors and sub-contractors from OFCCP. Many of you have Affirmative Action Programs (AAP) that are effective January 1, 2017. As you wrap up 2016 here are some issues to keep in mind:

Making Your Data List & Checking it Twice! Best Practices to Prepare Your Data for 2017

Posted by Stephanie Meyers, Associate HR Consultant on December 12 2016

The end of the year is quickly approaching and before you know it the time will come to start gathering data for 2017 Affirmative Action Plans (AAPs). Here are a few data tips to make your transition into 2017 go smoothly.

EEOC Issues New Guidance on National Origin Discrimination

Posted by Charu Avasthy, PHR, Senior HR Consultant on November 28 2016

On November 21, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued enforcement guidance on national origin discrimination. The guidance, which is a sub-regulatory enforcement document, replaces the Commission’s 2002 Compliance Manual section on the same topic.  

Five Tips for Effectively Tracking Outreach Efforts

Posted by Lauren Buerger on November 18 2016

The regulations requiring federal contractors to track good faith efforts of outreach to targeted groups have been in effect for over two years. However, federal contractors and subcontractors are still facing challenges with meeting the requirements—especially when it comes to tracking their efforts. With that in mind, here are five tips for effectively tracking your good faith outreach efforts:

Recruitment in the Competitive Holiday Hiring Landscape

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

With the holidays quickly approaching, hiring managers everywhere are reassessing their recruitment strategies. For most organizations, this can be the busiest time of the year. To meet the spike in consumer demand,
employers often turn to seasonal hiring.

Employers Can Help Veterans Convert Their Skills for Workplace

Posted by Courtesy of Bloomberg BNA on November 10 2016

Military Veterans continue to face difficulty translating their skills and experience into civilian terms, but employers can help them, consultants say.

‘‘One of the top concerns I hear from both Veterans and employers is the difficulty with properly translating military skills and experience into the required skill sets for civilian jobs,’’ Beth Ronnenburg, president of Columbia, Md.-based HR consultancy Berkshire Associates Inc., told Bloomberg BNA in an Oct. 27 email. ‘‘Military personnel find it overwhelming when they have to read through hundreds of job descriptions to find jobs for which they are qualified; some also find it challenging to determine which civilian jobs match the skillset they developed in the military.’’

Minimum Wage Increases for 2017

Posted by Erin Kwiatkowski, SPHR, SHRM-SCP on November 7 2016

Pay equality and “living wages” continue to be an important issue in the United States. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) the federal minimum wage has remained the same since 2009 at $7.25 per hour. Although federal rates have yet to increase, many states have started raising minimum wage rates on their own. If a state has a minimum wage higher than the federal rate, employers are obligated to pay the higher state rate. By January 1, 2017, 29 states plus Washington, D.C. will have higher minimum wages than the federal requirement.

Disability Etiquette: Tips for Interacting with Individuals with Disabilities

Posted by Lauren Collinson, Senior Communications Specialist on November 2 2016

According to the American with Disability Act, an Individual with a Disability is defined as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment. Taking this definition into account, it is no surprise Individuals with Disabilities (IWD) make up the largest minority group in the country.