20 Years of Service: Testimony of a Lifelong Customer

Posted by Becca Pipitone, Marketing Communications Specialist, Berkshire Associates on December 6 2019

There’s a lot to be said for a long-lasting customer relationship. Marge Sachs’ relationship with Berkshire has spanned two decades and jobs at three different companies — and we like to think that says a lot about our relationship. 

As senior director of human resources at Emergent BioSolutions, Sachs responsibilities include managing the affirmative action plans and working through HR compliance matters. She says she relies heavily on Berkshire for information and support. “Out of all the years I’ve worked alongside Berkshire, I’ve never been let down,” she says. 

OFCCP releases VEVRAA Focused Review Scheduling List

Posted by Rachel Rubino, MS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP on November 8 2019

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has released a scheduling list that includes the establishments that will be scheduled for focused reviews to evaluate their compliance with the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Act (VEVRAA). This list contains 500 establishments and is a supplement to the scheduling list first released on March 25, 2019 that included 3,500 establishments to be scheduled for compliance reviews, Section 503 focused reviews, compliance checks, Functional AAP reviews, or Corporate Management Compliance Evaluations.

FREE Webinar - OFCCP’s Educational Institutions Technical Assistance Guide – A Practical Interpretation

Posted by Cheryl Boyer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, VP, Client Services, Berkshire on October 25 2019

Recorded on November 7, 2019,  Berkshire's Higher Education Consulting Specialists Sybil Randolph, Julie Dominguez, and Michiko Clark breakdown the OFCCP’s Educational Institutions Technical Assistance Guide and how this guide may impact decisions regarding your AAP.  

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What OFCCP Wants: Section 503 Audit and Reporting Requirements

Posted by Cheryl Boyer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, VP, Client Services, Berkshire on September 20 2019

In August of 2018, OFCCP announced that future scheduling lists for compliance evaluations by the OFCCP would include reviews focused solely on compliance with Section 503, “to ensure that federal contractors fully comply with equal employment opportunity obligations and consider other best practices to increase employment of qualified individuals with disabilities”. In March 2019, when the next and most recent list of contractors scheduled for review was published, 500 of those reviews were Section 503 focused reviews. The agency has indicated that focused reviews will continue and the numbers will increase with future scheduling lists.

EEOC is Not Seeking Renewal of EEO-1 Component 2

Posted by Cheryl Boyer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, VP, Client Services, Berkshire on September 13 2019

In an interesting twist in the ongoing saga about the collection of employee pay data by the federal government, the EEOC announced in a Federal Register Notice that it will not seek renewal of Component 2 of the EEO-1 Report under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). Importantly, this decision does not change the deadline for filing the 2017 and 2018 Component 2 data by September 30, 2019.

OFCCP's Back to School Themed Initiatives

Posted by Suzanne Keys, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, HR Consultant on September 6 2019

This week, just in time for back to school, OFCCP released three new initiatives with a student related focus. The first is a set of FAQs for those organizations that have multi-building establishments that are campus-like in nature such as universities, hospitals, and larger companies. The FAQs say that these types of organizations may have a single AAP or multiple AAPs depending on a variety of factors.  Contractors should consider the following when determining if their campus should have one or more AAPs.

View Video - Tackling the Outreach Requirement for AAP with Insights from Sonia Chapin, SPHR, CCP

Posted by Becca Pipitone, Marketing Communications Specialist, Berkshire Associates on August 23 2019

RECORDED: August 2019

If you didn't get a chance to view the live webinar from Berkshire’s Managing Consultant, Sonia Chapin...now's your chance. Recently, Sonia teamed up with our friends at America's Job Exchange to present a FREE webinar on tackling the outreach requirement. 

In the video, you'll receive insights on what qualifies as outreach to targeted groups such as veterans and individuals with disabilities.

OFCCP Announces New Ombudsman - Releases Contractor Compliance Portal

Posted by Sonia Chapin, SPHR, SHRM-SCP on August 16 2019

Implementing two items under the pillar of Transparency, the OFCCP has announced the placement of an Ombudsman and released a Compliance Portal.

OFCCP has announced a new Ombudsman, Marcus Stergio. Director Leen issued a Directive establishing this position in September 2018, and the Ombudsman will serve as a liaison between contractors and the agency. His office will ensure that OFCCP is acting according to the agency’s legal authorities, policies, and procedures while also improving effectiveness of internal OFCCP operations. Marcus holds a Masters degree in conflict resolution and has worked as an administrator of the dispute resolution process for multi-national organizations.

Free Webinar - Tackling the Outreach Requirement: Strategies for Compliance with Expert Sonia Chapin

Posted by Carla Pittman, Senior Manager, Berkshire Associates on August 12 2019

Join Berkshire Associates expert Sonia Chapin, SPHR, CCP, Managing Consultant, as she explains what qualifies as outreach to targeted groups such as Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. Sonia will cover what recruiting activity counts toward the requirement, what documentation you should have in place and the evaluation of outreach activity. With an increased focus on outreach requirements in current reviews, now is the time to join us for insights to help you get the process right.

View Recording - Lynn Clements Shares Key Lessons Learned from the 2019 ILG National Conference

Posted by Carla Pittman, Senior Manager, Berkshire Associates on August 7 2019

RECORDED: August 2019

Berkshire’s Director of Regulatory Affairs, Lynn Clements, presented a FREE webinar on what we learned from the OFCCP and EEOC at the 2019 ILG National Conference.

In this webinar, entitled, Affirmative Action and EEO Compliance in a Changing World:  Lessons Learned from the 2019 ILG National Conference Lynn shares important takeaways from keynotes, panel discussions, and workshops from the conference.