Charu Avasthy, PHR, Senior HR Consultant

Charu Avasthy is a leading Senior Human Resource Consultant for Berkshire Associates Inc. With over ten years in the compliance industry, Charu is a subject matter expert in compliance regulations and she provides customized solutions to a national base of clients across a broad span of industries.

Recent Posts

Ensuring Applicant Data Can Withstand OFCCP Scrutiny

Posted by Charu Avasthy, PHR, Senior HR Consultant on January 11 2019

Federal contractors or subcontractors must comply with many affirmative action obligations surrounding applicant management, job postings, career site statements, and outreach effort evaluations, to name just a few. This blog will guide you in putting together robust applicant data for your affirmative action plan so it will be more likely to withstand OFCCP scrutiny in an audit.

DOL Releases Semi Annual Regulatory Agenda

Posted by Charu Avasthy, PHR, Senior HR Consultant on January 22 2018

On January 12, 2018, the Department of Labor published its semiannual regulatory agenda. There were no items on the agenda for the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration being the only department expecting any rule changes in the coming year. This means no regulatory updates are expected for OFCCP as the agency adjusts to working under the new Director, Ondray T. Harris.

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Experts at EEOC’s Public Meeting Discuss Current U.S. Workforce and Skills Gap

Posted by Charu Avasthy, PHR, Senior HR Consultant on April 11 2017

On April 5, 2017, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held an open meeting on the State of the Workforce and the Future of Work. Panelists at EEOC’s meeting represented public policy research, workforce development, unions, and employers. These experts weighed in on the state of the current U.S. workforce and how best to create employment opportunities for all. Concerns were not around the lack of jobs, but the gap between the skills needed for job vacancies and the skills of the job seekers.

New Privacy Training Requirement for Federal Contactors

Posted by Charu Avasthy, PHR, Senior HR Consultant on March 3 2017

Effective immediately, all federal contractors are required to provide privacy training to their employees to safely handle Personally Identifiable Information (PII) defined as “any information that can be used to distinguish or trace an individual’s identity, either alone or when combined with other information that is linked or linkable to a specific individual.” On January 19, 2017, the Department of Defense (DOD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) issued this new rule adding Subpart 24.3 (Privacy Training) to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement these new requirements.

Department of Justice Withdraws Request for Partial Stay of Transgender Bathroom Injunction

Posted by Charu Avasthy, PHR, Senior HR Consultant on February 17 2017


The Trump Administration signals it may revisit the government’s position regarding whether transgender students be allowed to use the bathroom of the sex with which they identify. In May 2016 the Obama administration informed schools that “schools receiving federal money may not discriminate based on a student’s sex, including a student’s transgender status.” Pursuant to joint guidance issued by the Department of Education and Department of Justice, schools were advised they should allow students to use bathrooms consistent with the gender they identify with, rather than their biological sex.

OFCCP Quietly Settles Some Interesting Cases in 2016

Posted by Charu Avasthy, PHR, Senior HR Consultant on January 11 2017

Contrary to popular belief that Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) publicizes all its settlements, the agency’s webpage sheds light on quite a wide array of 2016 conciliation agreements that were uncommon, and never made it to the press.

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.  

OFCCP Revises Scheduling and Compliance Check Letters

Posted by Charu Avasthy, PHR, Senior HR Consultant on July 21 2016

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved OFCCP’s revised Scheduling Letter, Itemized Listing, and Compliance Check letter on June 29, 2016. The changes aren’t as extensive as the 2014 changes to the letter, but there are some changes worth noting.

EEOC Revises Pay Data Collection Rule

Posted by Charu Avasthy, PHR, Senior HR Consultant on July 14 2016

EEOC has revised its pay data collection proposal based on the feedback the commission received to its initial proposal published in January of this year. The revised proposal is slated for publication in the Federal Register today with a 30-day comment period ending on August 15, 2016. In the current revisions, EEOC acknowledged that filing the revised EEO-1 report may involve more time than it estimated originally, but made minimal changes to its proposal to address the burden.

OFCCP’s Fall 2015 Regulatory Agenda

Posted by Charu Avasthy, PHR, Senior HR Consultant on December 10 2015

The Department of Labor recently published the Administration’s 2015 Fall Regulatory Agenda. The regulatory agenda for the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) includes no new items and delays finalization of two of the agency’s three outstanding regulatory proposals.