Is your business looking to implement a compliant and effective affirmative action plan? Whether you are hoping to be considered for government contracts, need to satisfy certain requirements related to your status as a government vendor, or you simply want to attain a diverse work population, developing and following an affirmative action plan is a smart business move.
What Is Affirmative Action?
Affirmative action is a type of human resources policy that aims to provide greater opportunities in the workplace to parts of society that are traditionally considered to be under-represented by taking into account the individual’s race, sex, color, national origin or religion.
These programs are considered a way of countering historical discrimination against certain groups, and all employers must adhere to the relevant affirmative action policies In their hiring practices.
Who Needs An Affirmative Action Plan?
Many employers believe that they must have an affirmative action program in place to meet federal and state equal opportunity laws. Although there are laws that prohibit the unlawful discrimination against applicants and employees on account of their age, gender, race, national origin or disability, a formal affirmative action program is not always required.
Many employers implement formal affirmative action plans so they can do business with the federal government. State government contractors may also need an affirmative action plan depending on the state in which they operate.
As cultural awareness and inclusivity grow, many employers are voluntarily adopting affirmative action policies in their quest for a more diverse workforce. This can make working for an organization more attractive to a broader variety of qualified professionals while improving its reputation among clients. However, adopting an affirmative action policy on its own is just one part of the equation; it must also be followed to the letter.
Smart HR’s Affirmative Action Planning
Affirmative action plans are complex undertakings that involve statistical analyses of a business’s use of individuals from certain protected classes, along with information about steps that will be followed to improve representation in the workplace.
Our team of experienced HR specialists are well-versed in the applicability of the regulations to your business and how you can make improvements in this regard.
Smart HR is experienced in helping businesses to develop and implement affirmative action plans. We use cutting-edge software that is aimed at the development and administration of these plans to create a professional and thorough approach that takes the specific needs of your firm into account.
Our human resources team will gather information, develop the report, and offer valuable guidance as your company implements the plan.
Here is a look at some of the specific areas in which we can help with implementation:
- Internal auditing
- Tracking applicant flow logs
- Collecting evidence of your organization’s efforts in affirmative action
- Job group and workforce analysis
- Identifying problematic areas and potential corrections
- EEO-1 surveying and reporting
- Personal activity data reporting
- Developing job qualification standards
- Developing policy statements
Reach Out To Smart HR
At Smart HR, our world-class human resource experts can help your company meet affirmative action requirements and develop a more inclusive workplace. Get in touch with our team today to learn more about our cutting-edge services.