Berkshire is a human resources and technology firm specializing in affirmative action, pay equity, and DEI&A.
When it comes to building out your company’s affirmative action plan (AAP), you want to turn to someone who knows this business inside and out.
Outsourcing your AAP to Berkshire guarantees you a 100% technically compliant plan while minimizing the work for you and your staff.
Clients feel secure outsourcing to Berkshire because each AAP is handled in-house by professionals backed by decades of OFCCP experience. We’ll work closely with you and your team, walking you through every step of the process – from training to implementation – to ensure compliance and neutralize the impact of upcoming audits.
As part of our standard consulting service, Berkshire will prepare your plan with all elements of Executive Order 11246 for women and minorities, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act for Individuals with Disabilities (IWD), and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) for Protected Veterans (PV).
Berkshire’s proprietary service delivery portal, the Berkshire Client Portal (BCP), empowers you to easily view and interpret your results, securely exchange files with your dedicated consultant, and seamlessly download and share reports based on each AAP.
We also offer consulting services to Construction contractors who need to comply with OFCCP regulations.
For the ambitious professional looking to independently prepare their company’s AAP, Berkshire offers balanceAAP, the gold star standard in affirmative action planning software.
This secure, cloud-based application gives you much more than traditional software; it gives you the power to create a 100% technically compliant plan—right from the web.
balanceAAP lets you easily create your plan(s), run availability vs. employment analyses and use adverse impact analyses to check for potential discrimination in personnel activities. You can also create an organizational profile and generate customized narrative documents with embedded data and reports—covering all required components of an AAP, including requirements for Individuals with Disabilities and Protected Veterans.
Your subscription to balanceAAP also includes access to the Berkshire Client Portal, Berkshire's proprietary service delivery portal, which features cutting edge data visualization, new downloadable reports, and a resource library for AAP professionals.
balanceAAP can be used for organizations responsible for just one or multiple AAPs. Plans can be prepared by single or multiple concurrent users. Your remote facilities can prepare their own plans without purchasing separate software licenses and without the hassles of software installation or hardware upgrades.
balanceAAP Also Includes FREE Access to balanceREACH!
Seeing your company’s name on an OFCCP audit scheduling list and knowing an audit is pending can be intimidating. But at Berkshire, helping clients through this daunting process is one of the things we do best. Over the last couple of years, we’ve helped hundreds of clients like you navigate government investigations – boasting a compliance closure rate well above the OFCCP average of 80%.
Berkshire provides polished electronic submission packets to all clients who seek OFCCP audit support during their plan year. Our consultants will provide an in-depth analysis of your plan and recommend key next steps to protect you in the event of an audit. During the audit our consultant will partner with you to provide guidance, keep you informed of your rights, correct addressable issues, and lessen any negative impact of OFCCP findings. And our success rate speaks for itself.
Audit support services include:
There are two additional reporting requirements for federal contractors, the EEO-1 and VETS-4212 report. The EEOC requires federal contractors to submit an EEO-1 report annually for all covered establishments. This report includes information on the number of employees at each establishment, categorized by race/ethnicity, gender, and EEO-1 category.
Additionally, the Veterans Employment and Training Services (VETS) require federal contractors to submit the VETS-4212 report annually. These reports include information on the number of Veterans employed and hired at each establishment, reported by EEO-1 category and Veteran status. OFCCP routinely requests a copy of these reports as part of their compliance review of federal contractors.