For a Limited Time, Berkshire Offers Free Talent Acquisition System—Now Through 2019!

Posted by Carla Pittman, Senior Manager, Berkshire Associates on April 4 2019

For a limited time, Berkshire is offering a free subscription to  balanceTRAK  now through 2019. With hiring practices under scrutiny and OFCCP’s focus on enforcement, companies need a system that supports smart hiring practices. That’s why Berkshire created balanceTRAK—a talent acquisition system purpose-built to streamline recruitment efforts and help you comply with OFCCP and EEOC requirements. Take advantage of this offer today! 

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.

2018 HIRE Vets Medallion Program Demonstration Award Recipients Released

Posted by Stephanie Meyers, Associate HR Consultant on December 21 2018

The recipients of the 2018 Program Demonstration Awards have been released. The HIRE Vets Act, which was signed by President Trump in 2017, recognizes employers who recruit, employ and retain veterans. There are awards for small, medium, and large corporations that consist of two tiers: gold and platinum. The criteria for recognition consists of the percentage of new hire veterans, percentage of veterans retained, and total number of veterans employed. Leadership opportunities, training, and tuition assistance for veterans are also considered when recognizing the employers. Notable large companies recognized in 2018 are Southwest Airlines, Northrup Grumman, and Leidos. For a full list of the award recipients as well as the full criteria and application process for the 2019 awards please visit

Another One Bites the Dust—Say Goodbye to 2018

Posted by Cindy Karrow, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Senior HR Consultant on December 21 2018

2018 was a very busy year for federal contractors. Before we ring in 2019, let’s take a stroll through some of the highlights and what can be done to prepare for another busy year.

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Posted by Sybil Randolph, SPHR, SHRM-CP on December 19 2018

Yes, it’s that time again, to reflect on all the accomplishments of the year and those things that despite the best of intentions, were still left undone. Through several happy meetings and scary ghost stories of AAPs past, coworkers have told you to be of good cheer. So, let’s take a look at your list to see if you will be caroling at the holiday dinner party or cleaning coal from your desk.

Berkshire’s President Shares Strategies to Address Applicant Issues During North Texas ILG Meeting in November

Posted by January Mallory on September 24 2018

What do you do when faced with applicant data challenges? Beth Ronnenburg, President of Berkshire, will present real-life scenarios related to managing unusual or challenging applicant situations to participants in an interactive presentation Inspired by the popular television series, “What Would You Do?” At the North Texas ILG meeting on Thursday, November 15, 2018, Beth will explore the different ways of managing situations such as evergreen requisitions, working with temporary staffing agencies, or using data management techniques.

Beth Ronnenburg Discusses Strategically Sourcing Applicants and Other Recruitment Strategies During Philadelphia ILG Meeting

Posted by January Mallory on January 11 2018

Beth Ronnenburg, President of Berkshire Associates, will share with attendees best practice for defining an Internet Applicant, minimize recordkeeping, and the importance of dispositioning candidates with minimal legal risk. 

Staffing Firm Strataforce Settles ADA Lawsuit with EEOC

Posted by Katie Johnson, PHR, SHRM-CP, HR Consultant on December 20 2017

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Strataforce, a staffing firm, recently resolved claims that the company violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) during its hiring process. The EEOC’s lawsuit alleged that the company made illegal health inquiries of applicants, prior to making an offer of employment or placement, by requiring applicants to complete an application questionnaire that asked detailed medical questions, as well as disability-related questions.

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

Posted by Lauren Buerger 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!

Affirmative Action Plan Best Practices: Applicant Disposition Codes

Posted by Stephanie Meyers, Associate HR Consultant on August 9 2017

Applicant Disposition codes are one factor that can potentially “make or break” Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) data. As a best practice, we recommend having detailed disposition codes that include two pieces of information for each candidate—the step and status.