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Affirmative Action
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What is affirmative action? An affirmative action program is a management tool designed to ensure equal opportunity in recruiting, hiring, training, promoting, and compensating individuals. A good affirmative action program is a diagnostic tool that evaluates the composition of the workforce and compares it with the composition of the relevant labor pool and then includes practical steps addressing under utilization of specific groups. A number of federal and state statutes mandate that certain contractors maintain a written affirmative action program. Important note: The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published its long-awaited final rules, making significant changes to the regulations implementing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 503) and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA). The new rules became effective on March 24, 2014. The OFCCP has provided contractors with an extended compliance date for the Affirmative Action Program (AAP) requirements in Subpart C (the AAP provisions).
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