Magazine article Workforce Management

Affirmative Action and HR Technology-When Two Worlds Collide

Magazine article Workforce Management

Affirmative Action and HR Technology-When Two Worlds Collide

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BERKSHIRE ASSOCIATES INC.

Affirmative Action Compliance

When it comes to compliance and human resources, few tasks trump affirmative action and the regulations that govern it. Affirmative action is more than just hiring individuals from protected classes; it has the potential to ser the foundation for a balanced workforce, impacting not only a company's bottom-line, but its growth and success.

Who Sets the Rules?

On September 24, 1965, President Johnson signed Executive Order 11246 prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating in employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Contractors are also required to take affirmative action to ensure all individuals have an equal opportunity for employment. The Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) enforces affirmative action laws by requiring federal contractors with 50 or more employees, and $50,000 or more in government contracts or subcontracts, prepare a formal, written affirmative action plan (AAP). A contractor in violation of the law may have its contracts terminated or suspended in whole or in part, and the contractor may be ineligible for future government contracts.

What does AAP Compliance Entail?

In order to comply with affirmative action regulations, contractors must complete a 100% compliant AAP. Below are some of the most important aspects of an AAP:

* Data compilation and accuracy

* Job group analysis

* Organizational profile

* Recruitment areas and feeder groups

* Internal and external availability

* Incumbency vs. estimated availability

* Placement goals for the current plan year

* Goal attainment from the previous year

* Adverse impact on personnel actions

* Compensation analysis

* Both required narratives

- Minorities and Women

-Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans

With the penalties associated with non-compliance, and the amount of work required to prepare an AAP, companies often search for more efficient ways to complete their plans. The current breakthrough in web technology offers you an easier and more accurate compliance process.

HR Technology Saves the Day

There are many options for you to choose from when completing an AAP. You can do your plan manually - a task requiring high-level expertise and resources from your company - or you can take advantage of HR technology options to streamline your process.

With the emerging web-based technology trend, you can create the most up-to-date, compliant, and complete AAP. According to Berkshire Associates Inc.'s VP of Product Development, Manoj Tiwari, "The growing popularity of web-based systems among human resources is influenced by several factors; web-based systems install and run from any web-browser, and when users login, they always get the most recent version. No longer is there a need to manage licenses or compatibility issues with different operating systems. …

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