Human resource professionals that deal with government contracts know that it can be difficult to keep up with rule changes issued by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). Unfortunately, organizations frequently find themselves in trouble with the law for discriminatory hiring practices. For example, the New York Attorney General’s office recently determined that medical testing company Quest Diagnostics broke the law when it refused to hire job applicants who had criminal convictions during the previous seven years.
Not taking the time to understand OFCCP rules puts your company at risk. It’s important to keep yourself informed of OFCCP rules and regulations to ensure that your organization remains in compliance and out of the hot seat. As companies who have been through an OFCCP audit will tell you, once you’ve been audited, you can expect to be audited again and again.
To minimize your organization’s potential liability for engaging in discriminatory hiring practices, follow these three tips:
- Take the time to visit the OFCCP website on a regular basis. Repeated visits to the site will help you stay informed of the latest news about regulations and keep you up-to-date on companies that have violated the rules so you can learn from their mistakes. As an HR professional, it’s your responsibility to know the rules.
#2 Consult with an expert. If you don’t have an expert in-house, find a reputable labor attorney or work with a consulting firm. Don’t leave compliance to chance: get another set of eyes on your hiring program to ensure that rules and best practices are being followed.
#3 Choose an applicant tracking system that makes OFCCP compliance easy. Ask to see the compliance functionality in action so you’ll understand how everything works once your applicant tracking system is live. Automating certain aspects of the hiring process will ease the administrative burden and help ensure compliance requirements are being met.
Staying compliant with government regulations is a major challenge for today’s businesses. Learn more about what Paycor can do to help you reduce your risks of non-compliance: talk with a representative today.
Sources: Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, Newton Software
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