FREE Webinar - Common Employer Practices that May Impact Individuals with a Disability

Posted by Carla Pittman, Senior Manager, Berkshire Associates on April 5 2019

Join us on April 24, 2019, from 1 to 2 p.m. EST to learn more about common employer practices that might come under scrutiny this year. In this session, Lynn Clements, a former OFCCP and EEOC official who now serves as the Director of Regulatory Affairs at Berkshire Associates, will review what the government thinks of employer policies related to use of leaves of absence as an accommodation, attendance practices, and pregnancy-related restrictions. Register today!

Learn How to Use balanceAAP to Prepare for a Section 503 Audit

Posted by Carla Pittman, Senior Manager, Berkshire Associates on March 29 2019

Do you own Berkshire’s affirmative action software, balanceAAP? Join two of Berkshire’s affirmative action experts, Sonia Chapin and Sybil Randolph of Berkshire Associates on April 10 at1 p.m. for this Section 503 webinar:  Using balanceAAP to Prepare for a Section 503 Audit

Register today and hear presenters review the elements of the Focused Review Scheduling Letter with an emphasis on responding to the letter using balanceAAP. The presenters will review technical tips for generating compliant reports as well as the reports that correspond to each item in the new scheduling letter. Finally, to ensure your organization is completely ready to respond to the new scheduling letter, Sybil and Sonia will review the information required by the scheduling letter that is not typically included in an annual affirmative action plan.

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Effectively Evaluating Outreach Towards Individuals with a Disability—FREE Live Webinar

Posted by Carla Pittman, Senior Manager, Berkshire Associates on March 22 2019

This week’s highlighted Section 503 webinar is Effectively Evaluating Outreach Towards Individuals with a Disability with affirmative action compliance expert Sonia Chapin of Berkshire Associates on April 3 at1 p.m. 

As part of the Individuals with Disabilities Affirmative Action Plan, contractors are required to conduct outreach towards Individuals with Disabilities and evaluate the effectiveness of these outreach efforts. Join Sonia for a discussion of what this requirement means in practice and how it is already being applied in OFCCP audits as the agency increases its focus on contractor’s outreach efforts towards Individuals with Disabilities. Attendees will learn how to best respond to questions about outreach programs during an agency audit. 

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*NEW* Register for FREE Webinar on Evaluating Personnel Processes, Including Online Systems

Posted by January Mallory on March 14 2019

This week’s highlighted Section 503 webinar is Evaluating Personnel Processes, Including Online Systems with Beth Ronnenburg, President of Berkshire Associates on March 27 at1 p.m. Beth will discuss the requirement to routinely evaluate personnel processes and online systems to ensure that equal opportunities are provided to all applicants and employees, regardless of their disability status. Contractors will learn steps they can take to satisfy the requirement, including best practices for documenting evaluations. Beth will also discuss questions the OFCCP may ask about this and provide guidance on how to respond to these requests. Register today!

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Register for FREE  Webinar on Auditing Your Reasonable Accommodation Process & Providing Information to OFCCP

Posted by January Mallory on March 8 2019

Plan to attend the next webinars in the Section 503 compliance webinar series. This week's highlighted webinar is Auditing Your Reasonable Accommodation Process & Providing Information to OFCCP. On March 20 from 1-1:30 p.m. EST, Cheryl Boyer, Vice President for Client Services at Berkshire will discuss the reasonable accommodations required for an otherwise qualified Individual with a Disability. With a deep background in managing human resources departments, Cheryl will discuss practical procedures for responding to requests for reasonable accommodations and the concept of “undue hardships.” The webinar also will explain how contractors can respond to OFCCP’s request for a log of reasonable accommodation requests during a compliance review.

View FREE Webinar on Creating Required Auditing & Reporting Process

Posted by January Mallory on February 28 2019

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If you were not able to tune in for the first three webinars in the Section 503 compliance webinar series, you definitely do not want to miss this next one titled Creating Required Auditing & Reporting Process. On March 13, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. EST, Sonia Chapin, Managing Consultant and Audit Advisor at Berkshire Associates, will discuss the requirement contractors have to monitor and report on their Affirmative Action efforts for Individuals with a Disability, and the responsibility to correct for deficiencies in their program should they exist. Contractors will learn steps they can take to satisfy the requirement, including best practices for documenting the actions taken to comply. Sonia will also discuss how to respond to OFCCP’s request for records during a compliance review.

Register for a Free Webinar on Conducting a Mental & Physical Job Qualifications Review

Posted by January Mallory on February 25 2019

Join us on March 6 from 1-1:30 p.m. EST when Rachel Rubino, Senior Consultant and Audit Advisor at Berkshire Associates, will discuss contractors’ requirement to review physical and mental job qualification standards to ensure that they do not screen out qualified Individuals with Disabilities. Contractors will learn steps they can take to show that the qualifications are job-related and consistent with business necessity. Rachel will also review best practices for documentation and responding to OFCCP questions related to this requirement.

OFCCP recently announced it would conduct focused reviews of federal contractors’ Section 503 compliance during its Fiscal Year 2019 scheduling cycle. The agency also checks

FREE Webinar on Requesting Voluntary Self-ID of Disability Status, and Conducting the Employee Survey

Posted by January Mallory on February 20 2019

In this 30-minute free webinar on February 27, 2019, at 1:00 p.m., Berkshire’s President, Beth Ronnenburg will share with attendees best practices for creating and conducting an employee survey to encourage employees to self-identify as a person with a disability.

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.