Lauren Buerger, SHRM-SCP, HR Consultant, Berkshire

Lauren Buerger is an HR Consultant at Berkshire specializing in helping federal contractors comply with affirmative action regulations. Lauren’s comprehensive understanding of affirmative action has aided her in regularly designing, developing, and implementing affirmative action programs for her clients. She also has a strong passion for helping new contractors come into compliance, educating clients about what their AAP or Pay Equity analysis results mean, and building relationships with clients to learn about their company. Lauren regularly contributes as a blog writer to Berkshire’s BALANCEview blog. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University.
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Recent Posts

Should You Ask? Requesting Self-ID Beyond Male or Female

Posted by Lauren Buerger, SHRM-SCP, HR Consultant, Berkshire on June 27 2019

As we wrap up June and Pride Month, here is a somewhat relevant question we have been getting in some form more and more frequently: “Are we allowed to ask employees and applicants to identify beyond just the male or female genders?”

2018 Affirmative Action Compliance Predictions

Posted by Lauren Buerger, SHRM-SCP, HR Consultant, Berkshire on December 28 2018

In February of 2018, we posted a prediction blog: What Can Federal Contractors Anticipate in OFCCP Audits? How did we do now that 2018 is coming to a close? 

Prediction 1: “OFCCP… will surely be making some changes”

At the beginning of the year, Ondray Harris was OFCCP director and we expected him to make some considerable changes. He issued his first directive in February before stepping down from his position at the end of July. While many of OFCCP’s changes were started under Harris, the majority came to fruition once Acting Director (now Director) Craig Leen took the reins. Almost immediately after stepping into his new role in August, OFCCP issued a flurry of directives—a total of ten in four months! So, this prediction mostly came true: OFCCP made considerable changes, but they were implemented under a different director!

Federal Minimum Wage is Increased for Federal Contractors

Posted by Lauren Buerger, SHRM-SCP, HR Consultant, Berkshire on September 14 2018

According to a final ruling announced by the Department of Labor in September 2017, the hourly minimum wage for employees performing work on or in connection with federal contracts will be raised as of January 1, 2019. For organizations covered by Executive Order 13658, the new rates will be $10.60/hour (from $10.35/hour) and $7.40/hour (from $7.25/hour) for tipped employees.

Did you know July 25 and July 26 are special days in the world of Affirmative Action?

Posted by Lauren Buerger, SHRM-SCP, HR Consultant, Berkshire on July 20 2018

July 25 is National Hire a Veteran Day! Sponsored by Hire Our Heroes, National Hire a Veteran Day honors our servicemen and women as they enter the nonmilitary workforce. While federal contractors are encouraged to consider Veterans throughout the year, Hire Our Heroes is holding a virtual career fair on National Hire a Veteran Day for all Veterans trained in various skills.

The 2017 Compensation Conversation: When to Say “Pay”

Posted by Lauren Buerger, SHRM-SCP, HR Consultant, Berkshire on December 26 2017

Compensation has been a hot-button issue for businesses during 2017. There were many pay discrimination and pay equity cases in 2017 with large companies, including Uber, LabCorp, Google, and LexisNexis as the Department of Labor continues their focus on compensation. Terms like ‘equal pay.’ ‘pay transparency,’ and ‘pay equity’ were frequently used in the news as advocacy groups focused on these topics to ensure their voices are heard. Though the terms may seem the same, they have different meanings.

“Tricky” Applicant Situations: No Reason to be Scared!

Posted by Lauren Buerger, SHRM-SCP, HR Consultant, Berkshire on October 27 2017

This Halloween season, here are a few “scary” and “tricky” applicant data situations that are quite common for many companies. Let’s review some things to consider and some recommendations for how to handle them!

Pay Equity Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Google

Posted by Lauren Buerger, SHRM-SCP, HR Consultant, Berkshire on September 19 2017

Eight months after the Department of Labor sued Google over refusing to provide pay data amidst an Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ (OFCCP) audit, three female former Google employees have filed a pay equity class action lawsuit against the company.

Designing Job Groups for Affirmative Action Plans

Posted by Lauren Buerger, SHRM-SCP, HR Consultant, Berkshire on February 16 2017

A core component of a federal contractor’s affirmative action plan (AAP) is the creation of a job group structure. Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program’s (OFCCP) regulations state the “job group analysis is a method of combining job titles within the contractor’s establishment” (41 CFR 60-2.12). However, what does this mean? What is the best way to do this? Why does this matter?

Every Part of the Annual Affirmative Action Plan Process Matters—Setting Feeders

Posted by Lauren Buerger, SHRM-SCP, HR Consultant, Berkshire on January 20 2017

What are feeders in an annual Affirmative Action Plan (AAP)?

In short, feeders are your jobs that could promote to a job in a higher level job group. Deciding which jobs actually serve as feeders is important to several data analyses that are completed as part of an annual AAP, particularly those related to determining whether you have any areas of underutilization.  

Five Tips for Effectively Tracking Outreach Efforts

Posted by Lauren Buerger, SHRM-SCP, HR Consultant, Berkshire 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: