Weekly Recruitment Tip: Assessing Your Recruitment Efforts

As a federal contractor you are required to undertake appropriate outreach and positive recruitment ...



As a federal contractor you are required to undertake appropriate outreach and positive recruitment activities that are reasonably designed to effectively recruit qualified Individuals with Disabilities (IWDs) and Protected Veterans (PV). It’s important to expand recruitment to include active relationships with organizations that will yield PV and IWDs candidates, as this will be actively enforced. The scope of your efforts will depend upon all the circumstances, including your organization’s size and resources, and the extent to which your existing employment practices are adequate. We highly recommend you reach out to organizations, associations, or agencies in your local communities and online, that will yield PV and IWDs candidates. Please be sure to document these efforts as you make them.

You are required to perform an assessment of your external outreach and recruitment efforts on an annual basis. To accomplish this you will need to:

  1. Review the outreach and recruitment efforts you have taken over the previous 12 months in your AA plan year

  2. Evaluate their effectiveness in identifying and recruiting qualified IWDs and PV

  3. Maintain documentation of your efforts—it is key to performing this assessment

  4. Document each evaluation, including at minimum the criteria you used to evaluate the effectiveness of each effort and your conclusion as to whether each effort was effective

If you conclude your efforts were not effective in identifying and recruiting qualified PV and IWDs candidates, you need to identify and implement alternative efforts to fulfill your obligations. All these activities need to be documented, and these documents have to be retained for a period of three years.

Learn More About the Fundamentals of OFCCP Compliance

If you would like more information on the fundamentals of OFCCP Compliance, check out our page here!

For more information on assessing your IWDs and PV efforts, please contact a Berkshire Associates compliance expert at 800.882.8904 or bai@berkshireassociates.com.

Michele Hester, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Director of Affirmative Action and Training Services
Michele Hester, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Director of Affirmative Action and Training Services
With over 20 years in the human resource industry, Michele is an expert in HR practices and procedures. She also oversees Berkshire’s HR training programs.

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