Details on the HIRE Vets Medallion Program are Now Available

Posted by Sonia Chapin, SPHR, SHRM-SCP on February 7 2018

As previously reported, the Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS) has released details about a new program designed to recognize employers with a strong track record in hiring and retaining Veterans.

GAO Recommends Changes To Enforcement in Technology Industry

Posted by Cheryl Boyer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice President of Client Services on February 2 2018

Recently, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report recommending changes to improve U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) enforcement processes when monitoring equal opportunity employment and affirmative action compliance in the technology industry.

FREE Webinar: What You Need to Know About the 2017 EEO-1 Report. Prepare for March 31 Deadline!

Posted by Carla Pittman, Senior Manager, Berkshire Associates on January 26 2018

Duration: 15 minutes
Cost:  Free
Recorded: January 2018
Presenter: Cindy Karrow, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Senior Consultant, Berkshire Associates

Listen to Cindy Karrow, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, a Senior HR Consultant at Berkshire Associates, with over 27 years of industry experience, give an overview of what employers need to know about the EEO-1 Report. View this webinar in preparation for the March 31, 2018 filing deadline.

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Important EEO-1 Update!

Posted by Cindy Karrow, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Senior HR Consultant on January 22 2018

The 2017 EEO-1 reporting process keeps evolving—recent guidance provided by EEOC has implications for multi-location contractors and those who place employees at client sites. The 2017 guidance from the EEOC indicates that companies should file an EEO-1 for employees working at a client site using the client’s address.

New DOL Program Recognizes Top Veteran Employers

Posted by Sonia Chapin, SPHR, SHRM-SCP on November 10 2017

The Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) announced a new program to recognize employers leading the way in Veteran employment. The Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing (HIRE) American Military Veterans Act was signed into law in May, and the rule implementing the program was announced as part of 2017 Veterans Day ceremonies. The HIRE Vets Medallion Program will highlight organizations with successful programs to recruit and retain Veterans.

New Program to Encourage Veteran Recruitment Efforts

Extending Employment Opportunities to Protected Veterans

Posted by Cindy Karrow, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Senior HR Consultant on November 10 2017

Veterans Day, originally known as Armistice Day, was first celebrated November 11, 1919, on the first anniversary of the end of World War I. November 11 officially became a national holiday in 1938.

Affirmative Action Compliance and Temporary Workers

Posted by January Mallory on November 9 2017

Lynn Clements, Berkshire’s Director of Regulatory Affairs, will examine the increasing use of alternative employment relationships such as freelance, contingent, on-call, and temporary workers—otherwise known as the ‘gig’ economy—with Arizona ILG members during the February 20 meeting.

EEOC Examines Job Offers and Medical Exams for Applicants

Posted by Cindy Karrow, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Senior HR Consultant on October 10 2017

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently filed a lawsuit against Consolidated Edison Company (Con Ed) asserting that applicants were required to undergo a medical examination by the company’s Occupational Health department prior to receiving a valid offer of employment. The discrimination complaint filed by a group of job applicants further alleges that Con Ed asked for genetic information as a condition of employment. The lawsuit claims applicants were not hired because of actual or perceived disabilities.

Respectful Workplaces—An EEOC Training Initiative

Posted by Cindy Karrow, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Senior HR Consultant on October 5 2017

In 2016 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released a report entitled Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace. The Co-chairs of the task force, Victoria Lipnic, currently Acting Chair of the EEOC, and Chi Feldblum, EEOC Commissioner, envisioned the report as a first step to rebooting workplace harassment efforts. The report included in the Executive Summary contained the following key findings: (Read the complete report here)

EEOC Acting Chair Lipnic Mentions National Hispanic Heritage Month

Posted by Cheryl Boyer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice President of Client Services on October 3 2017

September 15 through October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month. The observation started as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968 and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover the 30-day period. In his proclamation that year, President Regan wrote “The accomplishments of Hispanic Americans through the years remind all of us that in America we are blessed with the freedom to live, work, and worship in peace and to build a better life for ourselves and our children. Generations of proud, hardworking, enterprising Hispanic Americans have strengthened our communities and fought for our country. They have believed in America’s miraculous promise and have helped preserve that promise for the future. This is good reason during National Hispanic Heritage Week for every citizen who loves our Nation to salute Hispanic Americans.”