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Essential Functions of a Job and Reasonable Accommodations

Essential Functions of a Job and Reasonable Accommodations

Essential job functions are the major job tasks that any person in the position must be able to do. The ability to perform essential job functions, with or without a reasonable accommodation, determines if an applicant or employee with a disability is qualified for the job.

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Leave as an Employment Accommodation

Leave as an Employment Accommodation

Leave as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) receives lots of attention, but what are employers obligated to provide?

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Reasonable Accommodations for Food Allergies in the Workplace

Reasonable Accommodations for Food Allergies in the Workplace

Food allergies affect an estimated 15 million individuals in the United States. Each year, food allergies result in over 200,000 people requiring emergency medical care due to allergic reactions to food. Making changes to the work environment and providing reasonable accommodations can ensure that all of your employees can enjoy and participate in the same benefits and opportunities as other employees at your company.

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Parking as an Employment Accommodation

Parking as an Employment Accommodation

It’s important to understand that an employer's obligation to provide a reserved parking spot as a reasonable accommodation for a worker with a disability is different than the obligations they have under Title III of the ADA (Public Accommodations) to provide a specific number of accessible parking facilities for the general public, including their employees and customers.

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Who Needs a Written Affirmative Action Plan?

Who Needs a Written Affirmative Action Plan?

In general, employers who conduct business with the federal government need to develop an affirmative action plan. There are other circumstances where employers develop AAP plans outside of federal contractors. This could be the result of a court order to remedy past discrimination or as a voluntary measure. For purposes of this article we'll focus on federal contractors and their affirmative action needs...

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Does Your Workplace Encourage Inclusion?

Does Your Workplace Encourage Inclusion?

Employers have many issues they have to tackle, especially in today's global workforce; however, one of the most important today may be developing a strategy that promotes inclusion. What is inclusion? Workplace inclusion encompasses any company mandate or policy that promotes diversity and equality. How do you go about creating this type of atmosphere and why should you even consider devoting the energy to doing so...

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Ferguson: Why We Still Need Affirmative Action

Ferguson: Why We Still Need Affirmative Action

Affirmative action is a civil rights policy premised on remedying past discrimination and removing discrimination from the process of recruiting and hiring. While affirmative action justifies a race and gender conscious inclusive approach to hiring in criminal justice...

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Why Use a Third Party Provider for Your OFCCP Compliance Outreach?

Why Use a Third Party Provider for Your OFCCP Compliance Outreach?

As a federal contractor, it is very important to have a comprehensive good faith effort in your hiring program in support of OFCCP compliance. Obviously, that means that are several specific tasks...

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When Things Aren't As They Seem (Non-Obvious Disability and Employment)

When Things Aren't As They Seem (Non-Obvious Disability and Employment)

The issue of a non-obvious disability is an important one for Human Resource professionals but, should not be feared. Rather, it is an opportunity to embrace the diversity of our workforce and use creativity to find accommodations that allow employees and our businesses to succeed.

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What Makes a Great Team?

What Makes a Great Team?

To have a great team, there is no sure fire recipe for success. A combination of solid leadership, communication, and access to good resources contribute to productive collaboration, but it all comes down to having people who understand each other and work well together. Not every team needs that one superstar player to excel. Having the right mix of trust, ambition, and encouragement among your team members is crucial.

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Want dedicated, loyal employees? Hire veterans!

Want dedicated, loyal employees? Hire veterans!

At America’s Job Exchange, we often discuss why bringing veterans into the workforce is good for business. Hiring veteran can help build a dynamic team and augment your affirmative action planning.

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The VOW Act of 2011: How Hiring Veterans Can Help Your Diversity Programs

The VOW Act of 2011: How Hiring Veterans Can Help Your Diversity Programs

The Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act was enacted by the Department of Labor to help eliminate roadblocks unemployed veterans may face in obtaining employment. Along with education and training assistance to help veterans who served our nation find jobs and support their families, VOW also offers multiple incentives for employers recruiting from the veteran community. In particular, VOW is good for business...

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A Closer Look at the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA)

A Closer Look at the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA)

If you are a federal contractor who needs to develop an OFCCP compliance strategy, the first order of business is an understanding of the laws which govern the OFCCP mandate. One of the multiple legislative orders for compliance is the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act or VEVRAA, which prohibits discrimination against protected veterans...

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Why Recruiting Veterans Can Improve Your Team

Why Recruiting Veterans Can Improve Your Team

Veterans bring unique skills to the workplace. As they return from military duty and look to pursue civilian careers, you will more than likely interview many of these job candidates. There are various reasons you should consider when looking to hire a former member of the military community, including their ability to show leadership, teamwork and unparalleled discipline...

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Veterans and Unemployment

Veterans and Unemployment

If you look at the unemployment rate for veterans as a whole it appears to be better than the national average, reaching its lowest level in the past three years when it dipped to a rate of 6.6 percent. The national average remains at 8.1 percent. If we look at different sectors of the veteran's community; however, we do find that Gulf War II-era veterans (those who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars) rose to 10.9 percent...

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The Value of Hiring Veterans

The Value of Hiring Veterans

There are many incentives to look to the veteran's community as a fertile ground for recruitment and hiring. Apart from tax incentives available to employers from legislative orders such as the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, and enriching your diversity initiatives, the veteran community offers a unique set of skills that can add to your organizational dynamics. Veterans possess leadership skills that are the core framework of their training...

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Using Social Media for Recruiting

Using Social Media for Recruiting

Using the internet to recruit is one of the most cost-effective, targeted ways to source a vast pool of talent. If you haven't done so already, your online recruiting plan should also incorporate a social networking strategy. It is an additional means to source and vet candidates. This article focuses on several ways you can use social media as part of your recruiting plan...

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Who is an Applicant? Using the Internet Applicant Rule the Right Way

Who is an Applicant? Using the Internet Applicant Rule the Right Way

Under OFCCP’s Internet Applicant Rule, a job seeker must meet four criteria to be classified as an applicant for recordkeeping, reporting, and analysis by contractors.

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How to Make the Most of Customer Feedback

How to Make the Most of Customer Feedback

Employers have more access today to up-to-the-minute customer feedback. Online surveys, social media and web platforms mean you can elicit feedback from customers anytime. Making the most of the information you receive can help you build a loyal and satisfied customer base. The caveat here is that you need to be willing to respond in a timely manner, while also maintaining authenticity in this transparent environment...

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Understanding Item 19's

Understanding Item 19's "Other Compensation"

OFCCP's Item 19's "Other Compensation" submission requirements has been throwing many contractors for a loop. They want to know what exactly OFCCP wants when it asks contractors to provide "Other Compensation" for each employee at the establishment under review...

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The Top Three Struggles Federal Contractors Face When it Comes to Affirmative Action Planning

The Top Three Struggles Federal Contractors Face When it Comes to Affirmative Action Planning

To keep your organization compliant with Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs' (OFCCP) regulations, you're going to need to arm yourself with the necessary information and resources. In doing so, things can get stressful. You may wonder if it's all worth it.

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How Tech-advanced is Your Business?

How Tech-advanced is Your Business?

No business today can thrive - much less survive - without technology. Regardless of the size, scope or overall make-up of your company, communications, specifically as it relates to technology, is essential to succeed in today's economy. And with countless technology tools readily available, businesses are now able to reach broader, targeted audiences, including diversity candidates. Technology lets you communicate more efficiently and effectively...

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Surviving an OFCCP Audit

Surviving an OFCCP Audit

You just received notice from the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) of an audit. Now what? Here are three steps you should proactively take to help you survive the OFCCP audit process. If selected for a desk audit, you will have exactly 30 days to provide the agency with documentation. This means you should always have the appropriate records available to provide to the OFCCP if summoned...

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Using Social Media for Research and Development

Using Social Media for Research and Development

Social networking, whose popularity has grown exponentially since its inception, will continue to prove to be a valuable resource for recruiters in terms of both research and career development. Social networking sites, such as LinkedIN and Facebook, have a surprising number of characteristics that make them powerful in the context of being a primary source of information and data for those looking to source candidates...

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Managing Social Media with Your Employees

Managing Social Media with Your Employees

Social media has become so prevalent that many employers use it to engage in daily business, from promoting their products to recruitment. With social media here to stay, each business needs to determine what types of policies they are going to employ, should they allow any social media usage in the office. If you do use social networks to promote your business, managing a social media policy is imperative in guarding your reputation on the Internet...

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Service Animals in the Workplace

Service Animals in the Workplace

Service animals fulfill a vital function for their handlers. They allow people who have disabilities that substantially limit one or more major life areas to function independently. Both job seekers and employers need to know your rights and obligations when service animals in the workplace are needed.

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How to Hire Seasonal Staffing

How to Hire Seasonal Staffing

With the summer months approaching many businesses are looking for seasonal staff. This may be due to current staff not being able to fill holes in your schedule, or needing to ramp up for seasonal fluctuations in business. Whether hiring part-time or full-time staff, for businesses looking to hire seasonal employees, the key to success is to start early. This will ensure that you hire the best help and also that you are well prepared for the seasonal rush.

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Hiring Our Heroes: RTI Helps Veterans Build Second Careers in Metals Engineering

Hiring Our Heroes: RTI Helps Veterans Build Second Careers in Metals Engineering

At America's Job Exchange, we take great pride in helping our clients create successful initiatives to hire our nation's heroes returning from service. While it is important to recognize the sacrifice of our veterans, we also want to recognize the efforts of organizations that are going the extra mile to create opportunities for veterans. Employment opportunities at RTI and valuable military training are combining...

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Hiring Retail Workers Quickly for the Holidays

Hiring Retail Workers Quickly for the Holidays

For many businesses, the holiday quarter makes up the majority of their business revenue. This is a time where employers are saddled with the need to gear up for holiday selling and hire part-time workers quickly...

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How to Manage Religious Observations in the Workplace

How to Manage Religious Observations in the Workplace

With the diversification of the workforce, the matter of religious diversity is a topic that many employers have either broached or need to broach. And with observations such as Christmas upon us, the topic of religion in the workplace is timely. Tolerance of differing religious values is a topic that many encounter both at work and outside the office. And with the workforce becoming more and more diverse...

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Diversity Recruitment Strategies

Diversity Recruitment Strategies

When looking to develop and employ a recruitment strategy, the best approach is a multi-pronged one which also includes diversity hiring, say our recruiting experts. This approach not only impacts the bottom line but also ensures that your business is representative of your employees, clients and vendors - culturally diverse. To attract diverse candidates you have to want them to join your organization...

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Recruiting Analytics - Metrics you should track

Recruiting Analytics - Metrics you should track

Measuring the success of your recruitment efforts is not a science; however, there are certain metrics you should track to help assess the effectiveness of your recruiting programs and your overall return on investment...

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Recruiting Guide for Small Businesses

Recruiting Guide for Small Businesses

When it comes to a thriving small business, the key to success can be found at the core of their business: the talent. But attracting great candidates is no small feat for small businesses that must squeeze every drop of productivity out of lesser budgets and compete against much larger, well-funded companies for high-caliber workers. Community, online sourcing tools and widespread acceptance of social media...

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Recruiting College Grads

Recruiting College Grads

With May upon us, university doors will swing open and eject millions of talented young professionals into the workforce. Many businesses, both large and small, will be clamoring to recruit these skilled entry-level workers. But with so many venues competing for grads' attention this time of year, including social media, professional networking sites, and job boards, how can you create some buzz around your employer brand that will get these recruits interested in working for you...

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Recruiting Challenges for Small Business Owners

Recruiting Challenges for Small Business Owners

Traditionally small business has accounted for over 60 percent of hiring; however, with sluggish job growth, it has been showing a decline. Of the many decisions small business owners have to make today, recruiting the right candidate – sometimes on limited budgets - can prove difficult. The fewer open positions available have many a small business owner looking to hire candidates that can perform multiple roles...

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Find Qualified Candidates - Best Practices

Find Qualified Candidates - Best Practices

Hiring and retaining top talent is an ongoing process that should focus on both filling current job vacancies as well attracting the best candidates to fulfill your company's long-term business goals. Although there is no easy formula to finding the best candidate for job opening, creating a consistent recruiting strategy can help; ensuring you reach strong candidates that have the necessary skills and requirements...

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Staying Connected, Keeping Productive

Staying Connected, Keeping Productive

It is no longer practical to ignore the increase of usage of smart devices and social media in the workplace. Blackberries, iPhones, iPods, and social networking sites likes Facebook are part of day–to-day business transactions. At the same time, these technologies also compete for your employees' attention. Striking a balance between flexibility and productivity is the key to establishing parameters...

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Summer Hiring Recruiting Strategies

Summer Hiring Recruiting Strategies

Are you looking to hire part–time, seasonal workers for the summer? The process can actually be easy if you follow some tried and true recruiting strategies.

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Prepare For Fall Hiring

Prepare For Fall Hiring

Summer comes to an end, fall begins, and companies are presented with a challenge for the coming year: recruiting new employees. Managers are back from their vacations and ready to fill open positions. Whether it's because of budget increases for the coming months, or an organization's initiative to introduce fresh employees to their workforce, the fall season is easily the biggest hiring period for many businesses...

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How to Post an EEO Job

How to Post an EEO Job

Equal employment opportunity (EEO) laws enforced by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), mandate that federal contractors and subcontractors follow non-discrimination in their hiring practices, as outlined in Executive Order 11246. OFCCP compliance requires that job vacancy announcements, below the executive–level, do not discriminate and are open to all qualified candidates, regardless of race, color, sex, religion or national origin...

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Pay Equity Remains in the Spotlight

Pay Equity Remains in the Spotlight

On April 8, 2014 also known as Equal Pay Day, President Obama signed Executive Order 13665, which prohibits federal contractors from retaliating against employees who choose to disclose or discuss their compensation. On July 21, 2014 the OFCCP submitted to the Office...

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Pay Equity - Closing the Loopholes

Pay Equity - Closing the Loopholes

The EPA requires employers to provide equal pay to men and women in the same establishment for the same work, why are these state laws necessary?

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Origins of Affirmative Action

Origins of Affirmative Action

Affirmative Action plays a critical role in promoting diversity in the workplace. Its foundation is based on Civil Rights provisions on racial inequality. The phrase "Affirmative Action"; however, was coined by President John F. Kennedy, when he enacted Executive Order 10925 in March 6, 1961 which outlined the Government's commitment to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and required government contractors to take measures to hire "without regard to race, creed, color, or national origin"...

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Organizational and Employee Development

Organizational and Employee Development

Building an organizational and employee development plan is an efficient way for managers to measure current performance and define key areas for improvement. These plans should serve as tools to help execute your organizational strategy and develop the employee skill set necessary to drive success. And the steps you take in this area can ensure that your organizational goals are aligned with the recruitment and retention requirements...

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Hiring Older Workers

Hiring Older Workers

Unemployment rates for older workers - classified as job seekers 55 years and older - have increased since the recession. And persons in this sector can expect to be unemployed for approximately 39 weeks; much longer than their younger counterparts. While statistics may deter business managers from senior hiring, senior recruiting should in fact be part of any recruiting strategy...

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OFCCP Recordkeeping Requirements

OFCCP Recordkeeping Requirements

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is responsible for ensuring compliance with Executive Order 11246, and all regulations pertaining to making job vacancies available to qualified applicants...

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Laws Enforced by the OFCCP

Laws Enforced by the OFCCP

Affirmative action and Equal Opportunity compliance laws were enacted to eliminate discrimination in hiring practices as it relates to taking measures to hire without regard for race, color, sex, religion or national origin as well as qualified individuals with disabilities and protected veterans. As it relates to federal contractors in particular, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) monitors...

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An OFCCP Job Listing Solution

An OFCCP Job Listing Solution

Job posting requirements are at the core of meeting compliance parameters enforced by the US Department of Labor's Employment Standards Division. Monitored by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), the agency's role is to assess how contractors doing business with the federal government take affirmative action to ensure equal opportunity hiring without regard to race, gender, color, religion...

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How Does the OFCCP Define an Internet Applicant?

How Does the OFCCP Define an Internet Applicant?

A core component of compliance with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is the Internet Applicant rule. This rule stipulates that Federal contractors and subcontractors must keep data specifically pertaining to recruitment practices centered on Internet hiring and the solicitation of race, gender, and ethnicity of Internet Applicants. Under the Internet Applicant rule, Internet Applicants...

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Review Your OFCCP Compliance Policy

Review Your OFCCP Compliance Policy

The role of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is to assess how contractors doing business with the federal government take affirmative action because it relates to equal employment access and non-discrimination...

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Preparing for an OFCCP Audit

Preparing for an OFCCP Audit

OFCCP compliance requires that job vacancy announcements reach state employment agencies, and in turn reach qualified applicants representing minorities, veterans, women and persons with disabilities. As outlined by the Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), Federal contractors need to prove that they are actively working with local state employment agencies, posting jobs and keeping records...

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What to Expect During an OFCCP Audit

What to Expect During an OFCCP Audit

Each year the Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) selects numerous federal contractor establishments to evaluate their compliance with affirmative action regulations. While audit preparation is mandatory, if you have the appropriate documentation on hand you can make the process easier to coordinate. If you have been selected for a desk audit, you will receive a notification...

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OFCCP Announces Intent to Publish Updated Sex Discrimination Rules

OFCCP Announces Intent to Publish Updated Sex Discrimination Rules

The updated sex discrimination rules require federal contractors to take affirmative action to ensure that applicants and employees are treated fairly without considering their sexual orientation or gender identity during their employment.

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President Obama and the OFCCP: Looking Ahead to 2015 and Beyond

President Obama and the OFCCP: Looking Ahead to 2015 and Beyond

Between the OFCCP's actions, Mr. Obama's Executive Orders and statements of his priorities, what can we project for the federal contractor community in 2015 and beyond?

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President Obama and the OFCCP: 2014 in Review – Part I

President Obama and the OFCCP: 2014 in Review – Part I

Between the OFCCP's actions, Mr. Obama's Executive Orders and statements of his priorities, what can we project for the federal contractor community in 2015 and beyond?

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Next Steps to Ensure Seamless Compliance

Next Steps to Ensure Seamless Compliance

Now that you know the expectations of the OFCCP in terms of recruitment and outreach, what steps do you need to take to ensure seamless compliance? Read the helpful tips below and get ready!

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New Year Recruiting Strategies

New Year Recruiting Strategies

As the New Year approaches you may be among the many recruiters and hiring managers who are assessing their workforce needs for the new year. Whether you are looking to hire one employee or dozens in the coming year, there are four key and cost-effective recruiting strategies that you may want to employ next year. Your business and recruiting strategy should be fluid. It is important to continually assess your recruiting plan...

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Networking at Conferences

Networking at Conferences

Whether you are boisterous and outgoing, or reserved and introverted, networking at conferences can be a surprisingly straightforward endeavor to assist with your recruiting strategy. The goal is, of course, to build new relationships with presenters and other business people at events, in the hope of uncovering new opportunities, and also have valuable contacts in the future. But just how do you build a meaningful relationship at conferences...

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National Disability Employment Awareness Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Designated by Congress in 1945 to educate people on issues related to disability and employment, the observation was initially a week-long event called "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week". In 1962 the word "physically" was removed to acknowledge all forms of disabilities, and in 1988, Congress expanded the week–long observance to a full month...

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Myths about Disabled Workers

Myths about Disabled Workers

Diversity hiring is a business objective that many employers' pursue in order to comply with government mandates, such as the American's with Disability Act (ADA). As we celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month, this is a good time to discuss the benefits of hiring diversity candidates, such as people with disabilities, and why hiring managers should consider sourcing this large segment of the labor pool...

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Motivate Your Staff During the Summer

Motivate Your Staff During the Summer

Motivation is a key role that manager's play in the supervision of their employees. During the summer months motivating staff can become much more vital to keep productivity high and business moving, say the recruiting experts at America's Job Exchange. Developing a motivational plan is essential for companies, no matter what their size, but can become even more important for small business owners who rely on a smaller work force...

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Understanding Mandatory Job Listing Requirements

Understanding Mandatory Job Listing Requirements

As is the case with any OFCCP compliance strategy, you should review and understand the compliance laws that federal contractors and subcontractors need to meet to minimize discrimination and make jobs available to all qualified individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, and comply with nondiscriminatory hiring practices.

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Maximize Your Time; Minimize Recruiting Dollars

Maximize Your Time; Minimize Recruiting Dollars

Time is money and when it comes to the recruiting process, the best results are those that save money and maximize the time it takes to recruit. But this doesn't mean you need to cheap out when it comes to the types of strategies you employ and candidates you source. Even if you have a limited budget, you can be targeted and creative and still achieve success. The approach you take will determine how much you spend...

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Five Key Solutions to Improve Your Small Business Recruitment Strategies

Five Key Solutions to Improve Your Small Business Recruitment Strategies

One of the core components of any thriving business is its talent, and attracting great candidates is often reliant on recruitment staff, budgets and other factors...

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Judge Blocks Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Rules - What's Next?

Judge Blocks Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Rules - What's Next?

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council have published the highly-anticipated final guidance and regulations implementing President Barack Obama's "Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces" Executive Order (E.O. 13673), also referred to as "Blacklisting" or the "Bad Actors" Executive Order...

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New Year Recruiting and Jobs Outlook

New Year Recruiting and Jobs Outlook

For recruiters looking at job and recruiting for 2012, globalization, diversification of the workforce and new recruitment tools such as social media, are just a few of the trends that will continue to dominate the landscape. Minorities and women are expected to make up the largest percentage of entrants in the workforce. And among ethnic groups, Hispanics are projected to show the highest increase making up 17.6 percent of the labor...

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It Doesn’t Pay to Dare The OFCCP’s Requests for Data

It Doesn’t Pay to Dare The OFCCP’s Requests for Data

Bank of America v. Solis Case 1:09-cv-02009-EGS (July 2, 1014) is the latest in a series of cases sending a strong message to federal contractors that challenging the OFCCP’s jurisdiction to request additional data during compliance evaluations...

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Interviewing Prep - Best Practices for Recruiters

Interviewing Prep - Best Practices for Recruiters

The interview process can be just as stressful for recruiters as it is for job candidates. A great deal of preparation is required prior to meeting with applicants for face-to-face interviews. Follow these hiring strategies to attract the best talent.

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Industry Liaison Group: Its' Role in OFCCP Compliance

Industry Liaison Group: Its' Role in OFCCP Compliance

The Industry Liaison Group (ILG) was created by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) to foster communication as it relates to affirmative action and equal employment opportunity employment (EEOC) to the federal contractor and employer community. Along with the national organization, federal contractors have formed regional ILG groups throughout the country. If you are a federal contractor or HR manager...

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Industry Liaison Group – Who are They?

Industry Liaison Group – Who are They?

For many employers, the National Industry Liaison Group (NILG) is a common name and their annual conference, being held this year from August 27-31 in Hawaii, is attended by HR managers and those involved with Equal Opportunity (EO) and Affirmative Action (AA) compliance as well as OFCCP compliance. Created by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) to provide open communication...

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Are Dress Codes Important?

Are Dress Codes Important?

While there are no federal requirements for office dress codes, other than those concerning gender or religious discrimination, most companies have some policy concerning appropriate workplace attire. Whether your business requires professional dress, you promote a casual work environment, or your business dictates a standard uniform, there are several things to consider.

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Why You Need to Be OFCCP Compliant

Why You Need to Be OFCCP Compliant

Today's employers have to manage an increasingly diverse work force. Diversity candidates are one of a growing group to join the labor market, and employers have to be both proactive and are required to recruit from this rich, talent pool – one that can be critical to your hiring business plan.

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How to Write a Great Job Posting

How to Write a Great Job Posting

As a recruiter or HR professional, you've got a big responsibility on your hands. Not only must you keep current employees engaged and productive, but you also need to constantly be on the lookout for top talent. Your first step in doing so, after you've identified a need within your company, is to post the job. Online job postings are one of the most powerful tools in a recruiter's arsenal. With just a few clicks, your posting can reach thousands of qualified candidates. Here are some tips to keep your online job posting accessible, timely, and above all, searchable to ensure the right people find it.

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Rethinking Retention... What You Need to Know

Rethinking Retention... What You Need to Know

Why fix it if it's not broken? Keeping good employees and promoting from within is the best way to maximize profit, maintain an amicable attitude among staff, and allow an exceptional, motivated, and hard-working employee to demonstrate his or her abilities - and potentially become a valuable member of your company. With the time and money required to train someone else, employee retention is the clear-cut...

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How to Hire Recent College Graduates

How to Hire Recent College Graduates

A recent survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) reports that businesses anticipate only hiring 2.1 percent more new college graduates from the class of 2013 than they did from the class of 2012. This is down 13 percent from earlier projections...

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Hourly Hiring

Hourly Hiring

Many business owners look to hourly employees to augment the efforts of full-time staff. Retail, hospitality, food services, call centers and others are some of the industries that rely on hourly workers. The need to fill these positions quickly is great. However, just like the process hiring managers use to fill salaried, full-time positions, they should focus on attracting the best job candidates too when filling hourly jobs.

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Why Should You Hire Veterans?

Why Should You Hire Veterans?

At America’s Job Exchange, we often discuss why bringing veterans into the workforce is good for business. Hiring veteran can help build a dynamic team and augment your affirmative action planning.

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Best Practices to Recruit Veterans

Best Practices to Recruit Veterans

As we noted in our article, Why Recruiting Veterans Can Improve Your Team, there are many reasons to recruit and hire military veterans. Their leadership abilities, training and unique skills mean they can most often than not transfer their military skills quite favorably to the civilian workforce. While there are laws that require employers with federal contracts or subcontracts of $10,000...

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Guide for Small Businesses with Federal Contracts

Guide for Small Businesses with Federal Contracts

Are you a business or organization doing business with the Federal government with a contract amount over $10,000? If so under Executive Order 11246, you are most likely considered a Federal contractor...

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Top Interview Questions to Ask Candidates

Top Interview Questions to Ask Candidates

As a small business, you probably don't have the budget flexibility and time to invest in lengthy hiring processes. You must elect an efficient, streamlined, optimized plan for attracting and retaining top talent. While sourcing gets them in the door, the interview is that critical juncture where you can make a lasting impression on your candidates and get them thinking about how their ideas and experience will mesh with your business.

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Helping the Disabled Get Back to Work

Helping the Disabled Get Back to Work

October is National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month, a time where employers recognize the skills of individuals with disabilities and redirect their efforts towards diversity hiring. Employing individuals with disabilities should be considered an integral component of any business' diversity recruitment and hiring initiatives, as it can serve multiple purposes. This includes providing all qualified individuals with the opportunity to work, adherence to laws impacting those with disabilities...

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Four Ways to Make the Affirmative Action Planning Process Easier

Four Ways to Make the Affirmative Action Planning Process Easier

Affirmative action planning won't ever become easy, but there are things you can do now to make the process smoother for your organization. Take advantage of the resources available, and be proactive in your AAP efforts. Here are some tips to help make your Affirmative Action planning process a little easier...

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The Challenge of Finding Employees with the Right Skills

The Challenge of Finding Employees with the Right Skills

Hiring good employees can be challenging. While prospective recruits may have the right skills to match the job – including education and work history – there are multiple characteristics beyond what's outlined on paper that will determine if an employee is right for the job. And determining whether a person will be the best fit for an open position during the interview process can prove difficult...

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Federal Contractors and Veterans

Federal Contractors and Veterans

Discrimination in the workplace, especially in terms of hiring, can span across race, gender, disabilities, or religious or cultural beliefs. However, discrimination can also take place against veterans and disabled veterans, taking away opportunities from those returning from war. To counteract this discrimination, the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) was enacted in 1974...

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The Essentials When Hiring Veterans

The Essentials When Hiring Veterans

At America's Job Exchange, we often discuss the positive impact of hiring veterans; namely why bringing veterans into the workforce is good for business on multiple levels. From the unique skills veterans bring to the table, including leadership and teamwork, to encouraging diversity, all the way through to meeting OFCCP compliance initiatives, hiring veteran can help build a dynamic team and augment your affirmative action planning....

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New Year's Resolutions for Recruiters

New Year's Resolutions for Recruiters

With the New Year everyone begins to focus on their resolutions. Whether it's losing weight, getting more fit or taking on a new hobby, committing to achieving this goal can be empowering. For recruiters, having a goal that is focused on recruiting more effectively can prove beneficial. Workforce planning, a talent pipeline, and a shorter time-to-fill are some universal goals, spanning across every industry and workplace, for anyone focused on recruiting...

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Valuing Employees, Why It Is a Key to Retention

Valuing Employees, Why It Is a Key to Retention

Valuing employees is an important part of retention and can also help decrease turnover rates. While you may have an employee retention programs in place, review the strategies below to determine if there is anything...

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Employee Referral Programs: How to Implement One Effectively

Employee Referral Programs: How to Implement One Effectively

ERPs offer many benefits to a company. Employees who are hired through referrals tend to stay with the company longer than other candidates. And unlike other recruiting methods, which tend to draw only active job seekers, ERPs offer access to passive job seekers – qualified people who have not signaled a willingness to move but who might under the right circumstances when encouraged by a friend or a trusted colleague...

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Best Practices for Employee Recruiting

Best Practices for Employee Recruiting

Hiring and retaining top talent is the secret sauce to any successful business. But there's no easy formula to predict you'll attract the best candidates each time you have a job opening. Creating a consistent recruiting strategy that can be implemented at multiple levels is essential. Here are several categories to focus on when designing your recruiting strategy.

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The Importance of Employee Motivation

The Importance of Employee Motivation

Motivating your employees is vital to any business. A motivated workforce means a highly productive staff, all of which will help you achieve your business goals. And this should be a main objective in your organizational and business plan. Before you build a motivational strategy, the first step you need to take is to understand what motivates your employees. What drives them to their peak performance will better help...

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Appreciate Your Employees in the New Year

Appreciate Your Employees in the New Year

The New Year has many of us making resolutions. For employers, it can provide a critical opportunity to engage employees and make them excited and motivated for the year ahead. If you are looking to foster an environment...

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Effective Online Recruitment Plan Strategy

Effective Online Recruitment Plan Strategy

One of the most cost-effective recruitment strategies still remains the traditional online job posting. It is also a necessary outreach method for Federal contractors who need to meet OFCCP mandates as they relate to making jobs available to protected groups, including veterans, persons with disabilities and minorities...

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Writing an Effective Job Description - A Refresher

Writing an Effective Job Description - A Refresher

An often underappreciated task by employers, equally as important as a detailed and impressive cover letter for job seekers, is developing and advertising the perfect job description. A job description should be viewed as an introduction to potential employees, one that will make a lasting impression, and can either drive further interest or propel great candidates away...

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Effective Diversity Practices: Why it's Vital to Your Organization's Success

Effective Diversity Practices: Why it's Vital to Your Organization's Success

Throughout this year, we have seen companies such as Apple and Intel realize the need for diversity in the workplace, and make the changes needed to reach a broader candidate pool. HR professionals have the chance to redefine their employee population with effective diversity and inclusion practices....

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Diversity Recruiting

Diversity Recruiting

The Equal Opportunity Employment regulations, or EEO, are a set of federal laws that prevent discrimination against job applicants on the basis of race, religious beliefs, age, and many other factors. However, having a diverse workforce is about much more than meeting a quota. Having employees of many different backgrounds, with many different skill sets, can actually be advantageous for a company...

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How to Discuss Disability in an Interview

How to Discuss Disability in an Interview

Interview preparation is a necessary and sometimes difficult task not only for job applicants, but also for many employers. Whether you are participating in your first or twenty-fist interview, preparation is a core essential of the hiring process. As a potential employer, discussing disability in an interview, especially with candidates with special accessibility requirements, should be well understood and prepared...

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Prevent Discrimination and Value Diversity

Prevent Discrimination and Value Diversity

Diversity recruiting for some may be a business practice simply targeted to meeting equal opportunity employment regulations (EEO). Valuing diversity in the workplace; however, should be larger than complying with diversity hiring mandates. Diversity Recruiting is crucial to business planning and success, from preventing discrimination in the workplace to the ability to compete in the global marketplace...

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Disability Inclusion in the Workplace

Disability Inclusion in the Workplace

Whether your company is a federal contractor working to comply with the Section 503 goal of employing 7% of employees with disabilities, is pursuing a "usable by all" product development strategy, or has an aging workforce requiring adjustments or accommodations to remain productive, being disability aware should be part of your business strategy.

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Giving Off a Good Vibe: How to Create Great Company Culture

Giving Off a Good Vibe: How to Create Great Company Culture

In honor of National Small Business Month, we are devoting a series of articles designed to help companies improve their approach to recruiting and talent management. Today's focus is on how companies can work towards creating an ideal company culture, a crucial aspect of talent retention. A great company culture takes years to cultivate and cannot be implemented overnight...

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How to Give Constructive Feedback to Employees

How to Give Constructive Feedback to Employees

Many employers participate in an annual performance review process where they have the opportunity to sit down with employees and outline their expectations. While you may or may not have a formal process in place within your own organization; carving out time on an regular basis – above and beyond an annual review – can help provide employees with constructive feedback they need to perform their jobs effectively...

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Your Compliance Strategy for the New Year

Your Compliance Strategy for the New Year

Developing an OFCCP compliance strategy is the best approach to meet the mandate for compliance, and limit potential liability issues due to non-compliance. Ensuring there is no discrimination in the hiring process and jobs are offered to and reach minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans is important for compliance, whether you are subject to an audit or not...

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Balancing Compliance with Organizational Dynamics

Balancing Compliance with Organizational Dynamics

The dynamics of an organization are defined by its behavior, from its business strategies, operational procedures, to its employees. With this in mind, designing a compliance strategy is larger than simply hiring diversity candidates so that you meet OFCCP compliance regulations. For a compliance strategy to be effective, it requires buy–in and involvement from all levels of the organization, from the top down...

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Company Branding and Your Diversity Initiatives

Company Branding and Your Diversity Initiatives

Most, if not all businesses require a fresh diversity strategy to attract a workforce that accurately represents the rich, diverse population in the United States. Not only is diversity great for business, but it also helps companies meet their Equal Opportunity Employment requirements. Your diversity initiatives should be intertwined with your overall branding, rather than placed in a separate bucket. Here are several ways you can incorporate diversity with branding to deliver results on this critical corporate objective.

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Industry Liaison Group - A Close Overview

Industry Liaison Group - A Close Overview

For many HR managers and individuals involved with affirmative action (AA) or equal employment opportunity (EEO) programs within their business or organization, the National Industry Liaison Group (NILG) is a common name and an important resource...

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Choosing the Right Applicant Tracking System

Choosing the Right Applicant Tracking System

Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) can be a valuable part of the recruitment process; however, are not something that can be selected as a one-size fits for all corporations. There are many factors to weigh if you are considering investing in an ATS, including what are your goals in putting this in place; can it help increase the volume and caliber of resume submission; to will it streamline your recruiting process and thereby improve both efficiencies and ROI...

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Changes to VEVRAA Regulations

Changes to VEVRAA Regulations

The US Department of Labor's office of OFCCP announced a Final Rule to make changes to the regulations governing the VEVRAA...

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Mergers & Acquisitions: How They Impact Employees

Mergers & Acquisitions: How They Impact Employees

Mergers and acquisitions are common in today's global marketplace. They are a way for companies to acquire technologies or products, improve profits and productivity, while reducing overall expenses. They may not allow for long adjustment periods, however, so the best approach is to plan. Your overall organizational plan should include all areas which are bound to impact your workforce, including staffing, communication, training, and customer relationships...

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Recruiting on a Tight Budget

Recruiting on a Tight Budget

Like most organizations, whether large or small, you have likely had to streamline budgets in all areas of the business, including recruiting. If you have to fill open positions with a limited budget, you need to be both highly targeted and creative in your recruitment strategy. The approach you take will determine how much you spend, if you find quality candidates and if you achieve the best ROI for your hiring budget.

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Be a Better Boss

Be a Better Boss

If you are a manager, your responsibilities probably include both fiscal management and people management. The latter, being a good boss, is vital to not only the business but also your career success. When you establish good relationships with your employees you create a stronger organization. From motivating staff to your management style, being a good boss should be a skill you continually refine...

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Making Diversity Work: Auditing Your Workplace Diversity

Making Diversity Work: Auditing Your Workplace Diversity

Today's workplace is diverse - different races, cultures, religions and backgrounds. And it's not uncommon for employers to factor diversity at work in both their hiring schematic as well as their overall organizational and inclusion programs. Conducting periodic diversity audits will ensure that each of these goals is met.

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Assessing Your Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities Outreach Efforts

Assessing Your Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities Outreach Efforts

Working with recruitment sources that target Individuals with Disabilities (IWD) and Protected Veterans (PV) is a good start, but ultimately you don’t want to have just documentation of outreach. You want to know the time and money spent working with those recruitment sources is yielding results and you are successfully onboarding qualified candidates.

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What is Affirmative Action?

What is Affirmative Action?

Affirmative action is a set of policies that were enacted to promote equal opportunity to ensure under-represented groups in particular minorities were equally represented, thereby addressing discrimination. The phrase 'Affirmative Action' was coined by President John F. Kennedy, when he enacted Executive Order 10925 in March 6, 1961 which outlined the Government's commitment to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and required government contractors to take measures to hire 'without regard to race, creed, color, or national origin'.

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Is AAP part of your hiring strategy?

Is AAP part of your hiring strategy?

Affirmative action is the primary source of workplace diversity. The government's commitment to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) put in place by President John F. Kennedy in the early 60's, promising that hiring would be done without regard to race, creed, color, or national origin.

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11 Tips for Highly Effective Meetings

11 Tips for Highly Effective Meetings

Meetings, in the workplace, are necessary for exchanging opinions, ideas and collaborating to move projects forward or improve what already exists. Employees should feed excited about participating and contributing to the betterment of their business skills and the growth of their company.

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