A Quick Look at the OFCCP’s Enforcement Data for 2009 to 2015
by Dr. Hossein Borhani - Jan, 2015
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) makes some part of its enforcement data available to the public. The data can be accessed here. The data is provided in two parts, one dataset that consists of closed Compliance Evaluations and another dataset called Compliant Investigations data. The first dataset contains the information on the evaluations that OFCCP has initiated and th...
President Obama and the OFCCP: 2014 in Review – Part I
by Ahmed Younies - Jan, 2015
Every year we like to provide you, our readers in the federal contracting community, with a year-in-review and look ahead to the coming year to ensure that you are aware of trends that could impact your business. Typically, that means reviewing the OFCCP’s stated goals against its actions and then making an educated projection of what is to come. This year we will take our analysis a step further. As a federal government contr...
Targeting Veterans for Hire
by Jacquelyn Peterson - Jan, 2015
The Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) is intended to provide affirmative action and nondiscrimination for protected veterans including special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam era, disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, active duty wartime or campaign badge veterans, and armed forces service medal veterans. To promote equal opportunity for protected veterans, federal contractors...
From the Trenches – Audit Experience with the New Scheduling Letter and Itemized Listing
by Debra Milstein Gardner - Jan, 2015
You are going through your mail and see an envelope postmarked from the Department of Labor. Your heart starts racing and you silently pray that it is a mistake since you did not receive a courtesy letter in advance from the OFCCP. Unfortunately your company is on the OFCCP audit list and you just received your scheduling letter. Whether or not this is your first compliance review experience, the next thirty days will no...
Good Table Manners Can Pay Off
by Carole Kanchier - Jan, 2015
At a recent business luncheon a guest blew his nose in his napkin. Another used her fingers to push food onto her fork. Are these appropriate dining behaviors? Lunch or dinner meetings are common. Prospective employers and colleagues want to know how you can handle yourself in social situations, and whether you can carry on a good conversation. Business deals can be sealed or lost over a meal. Test Your Table Manners...
National Industry Liaison Group’s Comment on OFCCP’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Requirement to Report Summary Data on Employee Compensation
by Cara Crotty, Esq. - Jan, 2015
The National Industry Liaison Group (NILG) routinely submits comments to proposed rules that affect the EEO and affirmative action obligations of federal contractors. The NILG Board believes that representing the views of our ILG constituents around the country in this manner is vital to achieving our mission and vision. Below is our comment to the OFCCP's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the Requirement to Report Summary...
Does Your Resume Emphasize the Wrong Things?
by Robin Schlinger - Jan, 2015
A client called me recently for an update on his resume. In the past, he had worked as a second-in-command in Human Relations at various colleges and now he was eager to transition into a higher level job with a company outside the educational sector. He wondered if his resume could be honestly updated to give him a better chance of a corporate interview. When your resume lags behind your career goals, recruiters and hiring...
Interview Questions about Your Weaknesses – How to Answer Them ?
by Thea Kelley - Jan, 2015
Some of the trickiest job interview questions are the ones about your weaknesses. Questions like these can make you feel a little paranoid! "What is your biggest weakness in your work?" "What are three areas in which your supervisor wants/wanted you to improve?" "What's your growing edge – what do you wish you could do better?" "What are your strengths and weaknesses?" Why are they asking this? While it is always...
Recruiters - the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Part 1: How to Discover Whether a Recruiter is Right for You
by Sandra M. Smith - Jan, 2015
If you’ve been a professional in your field for a while, you have more than likely come into contact with many different recruiters over the years. And, chances are, not all of those experiences have been pleasant. I have talked with many candidates who have expressed that they have had “bad” experiences with recruiters in the past. If this has happened to you, you may have resolved to cut off all ties with recruiters for fear...
Is Your Job Stressful?
by Carole Kanchier - Jan, 2015
Occupational stress has been defined as a “global epidemic” by the United Nations’ International Labor Organization, and it’s increasing. What does this quiz say about you? Stress Quiz Answer “yes” or “no:” I … 1) Am irritable, tired 2) Have little to say 3) Have no leisure activities 4) Lack autonomy, support 5) Lack challenge, feelings of accomplishment 6) Forget appointments, deadlines...
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