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  • EEO tagline statement on every job ad?
    Asked by Anonymous - May 04, 2017
    Hello,

    I am new to my company and realized that our company website uses the proper tagline. However, it is not being put onto every open job ad. Does it need to be, or are we covered by having it on the website? Related, when we post positions on social media such as LinkedIn or Facebook, we are not considering them to have applied until they go to our website and fill out the company application. As such, we are not putting the EEO tagline on those postings. I believe we should be. Can you verify that is correct?

    Thank you.
    Answered by Lisa Kaiser from The Kaiser Law Group, PLLC - May 04, 2017
    According to the regulations enforced by the OFCCP, contractors are required to include language that "all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, or national origin" (the tagline) in "all solicitations or advertisements." So yes, your instincts are correct. The proper language needs to be in place in every advertisement, whether it is social media or another site, not just upon application on the company's website. One can never go wrong including the tagline, so I would encourage you if there is a situation where you may be in doubt, to include it. Please let me know if you need additional information!

     
  • Self-ID Disability Form Inquiry
    Asked by Gina C. - Apr 28, 2017
    I’m inquiring about whether or not, we are able to alter the format of the OFCCP Self-ID Disability Form for our mobile capabilities for Indeed sponsored jobs. Unfortunately, the pdf version that OFCCP is requiring is not compatible with Indeed’s quality check for “sponsored jobs”. That being said, they have basically given us a couple options…1) to alter the form, which I know OFCCP isn’t a fan of or 2) that we just don’t purchase sponsored jobs, however, that is where we get the largest amount of hires from, particularly coming with those sponsored Indeed jobs.

    Here is the information we had been given by our third party rep on Indeed’s rationale. We were also given an example from another Federal Contractor that had altered the form to meet the quality check. My question for you is whether we would be a risk for being out of compliance or would be dinged during an OFCCP audit, if we go ahead and let the form be altered to meet Indeed’s quality check.

    Info that was provided to us:

    The way the OFCCP is formatted will not affect organic visibility, but it will affect mobile sponsored visibility (the ability for sponsored jobs to appear on mobile search results). Our Mobile Search Quality team reviews every application submitted for mobile sponsored visibility and disqualifies applications that have non-mobile friendly components. According to their guidelines, the PDF on the US Cellular application would disqualify them. This is because it is not easy to read without pinching and zooming.

    Thank You!
    Answered by Carla Irwin from Carla Irwin & Associates, Inc. - May 02, 2017
    Gina, below is the OFCCP new FAQ on non-substantive changes to the Disability Self-ID form. I am not sure what alterations are being suggested, but I would advise not changing it outside of the parameters given by the OFCCP. Also, while I don't have enough information regarding the disqualification of applications that are non-mobile friendly that is something I would investigate further if applicants are being auto rejected based on the type of device they are using to apply.


    "Some contractors may find that it is necessary to make non–substantive changes to the self–identification form to ensure that the form is accessible to employees and job applicants with print disabilities. These changes could include, for example, changes to the font, margins, and colors used on the form. Are contractors allowed to make these types of changes to the self–identification form?

    Yes. Contractors seeking to ensure that the form they use is accessible are allowed to alter the margins of the form, change the color of the section headings, remove or change the color of the border surrounding the text of the form, or make other similar non–substantive changes if those changes are required to make the form accessible. Contractors may also use HTML to make the form accessible. However, contractors may NOT:

    Alter the content (i.e., text or wording) of the form;
    Alter the order of the content on the form; and
    Alter the form or make changes that diminish the general accessibility of the form."

     
  • EEO disclaimer statement
    Asked by Trina C. - Apr 28, 2017
    Hello, right now we have the following tag line on all of our individual postings:

    The National Safety Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individual with Disabilities

    In terms of best practices, would you recommend we have this statement on our careers page too?
    Answered by Roselle Rogers from Local JobNetwork™ - May 02, 2017
    The regulations require that federal contractors must, in all solicitations or advertisements for employees placed by or on behalf of the contractor, state that all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their protected veteran status.

    Contractors are also required under VEVRAA and Sec. 503 to notify applicants and employees of their rights and the contractor’s obligation under the law to take affirmative action to employees and advance in employment qualified employees and applicants who are protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. The law states that if the contractor utilizes an electronic application process, then providing this notice electronically would serve that purpose.

    Thus, you may want to include your Equal Employment/Affirmative Action statement in your employee handbook as well as in your careers page, such that it is one of the first items that applicants see.

    You can find more information on this in the Equal Opportunity Clause under VEVRAA and Sec. 503.

     
  • Maintaining a General Pool of Applicants
    Asked by Anonymous - Apr 25, 2017
    In order to fill jobs more quickly our company prefers to keep an applicant pool that we can refer to when an opening occurs. In the past we accepted general applications once a week at each location. Now that we are working with Local Job Network the applications are attached to a specific job. We don't want to post a general job to have people apply to. We've considered having people fill out an "interest" form on application days with their contact information and general work history and then we contact them when there is an opening and they can apply to the specific opening at that time. What would be the best practice for this so that we aren't seen as controlling the applicant process but can have quick access to candidates.
    Answered by Roselle Rogers from Local JobNetwork™ - May 05, 2017
    What you described here sounds more like creating an internal database of prospective candidates for future positions at your company. In that case, you need to make sure that you are following the record retention requirements under OFCCP’s Internet Applicant Recordkeeping Rule.

    Federal contractors are required to save records when they search a resume database, whether it is an internal or external database. For internal resume database searches, you will need to keep a record of the following:

    • A record of each resume added to the database
    • A record of the date each resume was added to the database
    • A record of the position for which each search of the database was made
    • The date of the search for each search conducted
    • The substantive search criteria for each search conducted – such as experience, degree, location, industry, and key words used

    If you are reaching out to individuals within this database for your openings, you need to ensure that you have a standard written policy that describes your hiring process, the criteria you use to select from this database, and the requirement that interested individuals must submit an application in order to be considered for a job.

    The risk that you have here is that, depending on how things are practiced, you may get into a situation where this large pool of individuals could be considered as your entire applicant pool for each of your jobs. There is a greater chance of generating false positives in bigger numbers, so you will want to keep your applicant pool to smaller numbers. Thus, having a documented policy that is implemented consistently will help minimize that risk.

    Keep in mind as well that if you are a federal contractor covered under VEVRAA and Section 503, your company has an obligation to post your open positions to the state ESDS and conduct outreach. Any applicants that are generated from those efforts that meet the Internet Applicant definition will also be considered part of your applicant pool.

     
  • Reaffirmation of Affirmative Action Policy Statement
    Asked by Gina C. - Apr 11, 2017
    Are we required as a Federal Contractor to post the Reaffirmation of Affirmative Action Policy Statement along with the signed copy of the EEO/AA Policy Statement? It seems that it would be redundant, if doing so, since it shares the same sentiment. I'm not understanding the purpose of the Reaffirmation one and if it's an optional thing to do on our part or is it required. I can't seem to find anything out on the OFCCP website regarding this, so if you can kindly shed some light on this subject, it would be much appreciated. Thank you!
    Answered by Bill Osterndorf from HR Analytical Services - Apr 13, 2017
    Hi Gina. The affirmative action program regulations regarding protected veteran and disability status require that federal contractors and subcontractors have an EEO/AA policy statement. These regulations require that the policy statement is posted for employees to view, and that the policy statement is included in the AAPs for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. (See 41 CFR 60-344.44(a) and 41 CFR 60-741.44(a).) There is nothing that says there must be a separate reaffirmation of the policy.

    The Executive Order affirmative action regulations for supply and service contractors do not explicitly require the creation of an EEO/AA policy statement, nor do they require a reaffirmation action the policy statement.

     
  • Job Posting & Data Collection for Temp Positions Using a Self-Sourcing Model
    Asked by Gina C. - Mar 30, 2017
    I have a few questions regarding self-sourcing for temporary contract types of positions. The scenario is that we (federal contractor) would self-source without any job posting for Temp Job Postings up to 72 hours and then if not, successful would turn it over to the approved 9 vendors through our VMS. In the case, we are successful and found someone on our own, through passive searches on Linkedin, associate referrals, school or local agency referrals, etc., we would then payroll the temp through a separate payroll service vendor. Our involvement would be to source and screen the candidate. They wouldn’t be an applicant, since they aren’t applying to a particular job, but would be reached out to for one. Again, it’s a “temp” and not a “perm employee”, that I’m referring to.

    That all being said, would we need to have the payroll service vendor post the temp position to the State Unemployment Office even if it’s only for a 3 day time period or have them post the position for the entire 30 days, or do they need to post at all? If we had the payroll service vendor post the temp position, would we then have any resume submissions go directly to them and forwarded along to us the employer. In the case, the position were to go out to an approved vendor after the 3 days, then the staffing firm will be responsible for posting the position to the State Unemployment Office and doing any diversity outreach on their own, since the temp would be on their payroll.

    My other question is on the database or resume searches, would we need to collect and retain info when it pertains to “temps”? I’m speaking on documenting the date of the search, the criteria, radius, and the results of your search (#).

    Lastly, we do plan on using a Temp Only-Talent Community to collect information on referrals, those that come across our career site, or that we self-source during those 3 days only to not conflict with the approved vendors that the temp position will go out to. Is that alright that we handle the data collection in that manner?

    Thank you!
    Answered by Bill Osterndorf from HR Analytical Services - Apr 05, 2017
    You have raised many, many issues in this post relating to the recruitment and selection of temporary candidates. A complete response would require about 14 pages of looking at all of the intersecting issues here, and I don't think you want a 14 page treatise.

    Many companies use temporary agencies in order to off-load both recruitment and selection processes. When a federal contractor signs an agreement with a temporary agency to find individuals who remain on the temporary agency's payroll, the federal contractor can appropriately say about these individuals "They don't belong to us. They are not our applicants, as we did not control the recruitment or selection process, and they are not our employees, as we do not pay them nor directly control their work status."

    NOTE: there has been much discussion in the last few years about "co-employment." It is reasonable to assume that during a Trump administration, this issue of "co-employment" may become less of a concern, but it's important to understand that this issue will not entirely go away.

    Back to your specific situation. You indicate above that your company (not the temporary agency) is doing the sourcing for candidates who are then sent to the temporary agency. You also indicate that "Our involvement would be to source and screen the candidate. They wouldn't be an applicant, since they aren't applying for a particular job but would be reached out to for one."

    You have a problem. Based on what you've stated, your organization is not only doing recruitment, it is also also doing selection for candidates who ultimately are sent to the temporary agency. OFCCP would tell you that these candidates are, in fact, your applicants, regardless of where they ultimately end up. You are simply using the temporary agency as a holding place. When candidates come back to you through the temp agency, it is your company that has done recruitment and initial selection of candidates, and if there is conversion of any of these candidates to the regular payroll, you will have done recruitment, selection, and hire of these candidates.

    When your organization does recruitment and selection of candidates, you must follow OFCCP's rules about recruitment and selection. The most basic rule says there can be no discriminatory conduct in this regard. However, OFCCP will also tell you that you need to make outreach efforts to find qualified minorities, females, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities as part of your recruitment efforts. OFCCP will further tell you that you must collect demographic information on race, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, and disability status from viable candidates (i.e. from "Internet applicants"), that you need to analyze data on viable candidates, that you need to ensure you have basic qualifications for positions that are objective, non-comparative, and job-related, and so on. Finally, if you are doing the recruitment for candidates, your must list the relevant position with the appropriate state employment service office.

    Here's my strong sugestion: if it is your intent to use a temporary agency in order to avoid dealing with the data collection and record-keeping associated with recruiting candidates for temporary positions, then you should have the temporary agency do the recruitment and screening of candidates. Otherwise, you will find yourself in the position where OFCCP expects that you have followed all of its rules regarding recruitment and selection for candidates who may or may not be converted to your regular payroll.

    You indicate that persons to be sent to temporary agencies "wouldn't be an applicant, since they aren't applying to a particular job, but would be reached out to for one." Unfortunately, that's not the way that OFCCP's Internet Applicant rule works. The Internet Applicant rule requires that candidates express interest, but the agency has made it clear that when passive recruitment is occur, there can be a tacit expression of interest that becomes active once the candidate is contacted about an opening. Further, when you consider a candidate for a position (even if the candidate will be ported over to a temp agency), you have "consideration" under the second part of the rule and you help to establish interest by the candidate under the first part of the rule. This again leads me back to my advice that you should have your temp agency do the recruitment and selection of candidates if you want to avoid having these candidates be your applicants.

    In regard to listing with the state employment service, if you continue to recruit and screen candidates and a position has a duration of four (4) days or more, you would be responsible for listing the position. If you allow your temp agency to do the recruitment and screening for candidates, then the temp agency should be told that the temp agency MUST list your potential positions with the appropriate state employment service office. If the temp agency does the recruitment and screening of candidates and does not do this listing, then your organization would be required to do this listing at the time you are considering a temporary candidate for conversion to your regular payroll. (This, of course, is a very inopportune time to do this listing, as you are unlikely to actually consider any additional candidates if you have one or more viable temps to consider for conversion.)

    In regard to database searches, if your organization is doing the recruitment and selection of candidates, you would need to collect and retain information associated with that search.

    I don't have much additional space to deal with your Temp-Only Talent Community question, but the bottom line is that you need to collect demographic data and record information regarding candidates your organization is involved in recruiting and screening. You may need to reconsider how you would form this talent community if you follow my advice above.

    Contact me if you wish to discuss these issues further. Good luck.

     
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