Magazine article Personnel Journal

Say: "Abra MacDabra" and Vanish EEO Compliance Woes

Magazine article Personnel Journal

Say: "Abra MacDabra" and Vanish EEO Compliance Woes

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Human resources directors know how time-consuming EEO-1 and EEO-4 standard head count and detail reports can be. For Marlene Young, HR director at the Great Southern Printing and Manufacturing Co. in Frederick, Maryland, compiling similar statistics for the Federal Communications Commission's 395A Report were an even greater challenge.

"The FCC has nine different EEO categories, and they particularly monitor the top four categories, which include managers/officers and professionals," Young says. "Job descriptions must be coded to these categories along with salary ranges for each position."

The media company falls under the heavy arm of the FCC because, among the firm's four corporations, are Frederick Cablevision and West Virginia-based C/R TV Cable, Inc., with a combined employee population of 130. Cable television companies must be in compliance with EEO guidelines, or risk losing their FCC licensing, Young stresses.

"Our business information system is a very good one and provided us with the head count information," Young explains. "But we weren't able to integrate it to interface with specific job duties. It all had to be manually sorted."

So Young turned to the Abra 2000 Macintosh-based employee information system that Great Southern originally had purchased in 1990 for its training skills inventory and word processing functions. …

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