On December 19, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) published a final rule updating the guidelines that dictate how employers ensure equal employment opportunity in apprenticeship programs. These updated regulations are intended to help businesses reach larger and more diverse groups of workers, and expand protected bases beyond race, color, religion, national origin, and sex to include disability, age, sexual orientation, and genetic information.
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.
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.
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:
The national unemployment rate is expected to further dwindle to 4.4%. While this is great for the economy, large companies face the unintended consequence of finding the right talent in a candidate-driven market. Specifically, the finance, healthcare, and manufacturing industries face unique issues around the scarcity of talent.
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.
In keeping with the evolving population of the United States, the White House recently put forth a proposal to include a new race on the 2020 Census form. This new race would be Middle East and North African (MENA). This subgroup has been reported as part of the ‘White’ race since its designation in 1944. This was initially considered positive for this subgroup, as they were eligible for citizenship under laws in effect at that time. Now, many members of the community feel as though they do not fit in with White, Black, or Asian designations and support the new designation.
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:
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.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently updated its Strategic Enforcement Plan for FY 2017-2021 to include a focus on “the increasing use of data-driven screening tools” in hiring and other employment contexts. The agency also held a recent public hearing on the topic, with a panel of attorneys, labor economists, and industrial psychologists telling the agency the use and scope of big data in the employment context is “expected to grow exponentially in the future.”