Affirmative Action and Financial Aid Affirmative action is often defined as the effort to improve access to higher education for minority and female students.
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We can help you understand these extensive new requirements, develop your AAPs and help you get into compliance. Sounds fairly simple, right? Well, when the proposals start coming in, the task that seemed so simple may suddenly become overwhelming.
Because proposals are often different in significant ways. Your quotes may vary in price, in guaranteed rates, in offerings, in ongoing consultation, in services offered, in the level of customer service, in free services, in turnaround time, etc.
And, the consulting firms themselves may vary as significantly as the proposals they submit. There are even software packages that will allow you to generate your own plan. Although there are many reputable consultants who can provide written plans, others who can provide plans and audit support and still others who may provide a combination of these or some reports, bells or whistles that you may have never even heard of, how in the world do you decide and move forward?
At Benchmark, we suggest that first and foremost you select a quality consultant or service backed by a solid human resource or legal background and extensive experience in plan development and audit support. With so many reputable AAP consultants to choose from, this important decision must be made from the perspective of which one is best for your particular needs and your company.
Affirmative Action Plans and OFCCP Audits must be handled by competent professionals who understand the regulations and requirements and who have a successful track record in this area.
Otherwise, you may face penalties or even risk losing your government contracts.
If you have someone on your staff who is experienced with plans and audits and who has time to devote to learning, maintaining and focusing on regulations, intricate software and updates, and who can give this job a massive amount of attention, the software route may be a good solution.
However, if your staff does not have focus time and a strong working knowledge of the regulations and contractor and Affirmative Action requirements, then you should consider hiring an experienced consulting firm.
You should not be fooled into thinking that you must have a local AAP vendor.
This is not necessarily the case. Benchmark Outsourcing Group and many other reputable AAP consultants actually have very few local clients, rather, our clients are based in most states throughout the country. Most AAP work can easily be handled via electronic files, email, and telephone communication.
When making a decision on a vendor, we suggest that you review credentials of the owner of the company. You should feel free to check references, consider longevity, background and experience and take a look at sample reports.
You should also not fall into the trap of thinking that just because a vendor offers you something that no other vendor offers that this is particularly important.
The most important thing to consider is whether you will be receiving a plan that complies with the basic OFCCP requirements for government contractors and subcontractors. All the extras may not even be important in the scheme of things.
In actuality, all OFCCP plans, procedures and systems are designed to ensure that a Contractor is making a good faith effort and not discriminating against females or minorities and that they give special consideration to the disabled and Veterans.
All plans must meet the same basic requirements which are clearly spelled out in Executive Order and all other related laws and regulations. Here are some things you should consider when selecting your Consultant.
Benchmark offers such services because we want to make sure our clients are in compliance in every way. There are many other requirements in the regulations and your Consulting Firm should be prepared and capable of helping you meet these requirements.
Not only should your Consultant understand these things, but they should automatically communicate audit trends and regulation changes to you on a regular basis as part of their service to your company.
In summary, although it seems overwhelming, it is really not a difficult task to choose a good Affirmative Action Consultant who can meet your needs and ensure your compliance with requirements expected by the OFCCP. And, make sure that your Consultant comes highly recommended and offers a strong background and personal service to support you in your compliance efforts.
Finally, if there is something being offered by one Consultant that is not being offered by another, take a moment to ask the other consultant why they have chosen not to offer this service. Our plans are professional and updated in accordance with all OFCCP regulation changes and directives.
We believe in planning and training and we provide these services to you. Our job is to support you and make your job easier. We work with all companies, regardless of your size or the type business you are in. Contact us today to discuss your concerns with no obligation.Now there was some interesting news—the story of a college that had ended affirmative action.
I hustled to write a piece about this, only to find out that the College of Charleston was touting its commitment to affirmative action and going to continue to practice it in its admissions program. Affirmative Action Plan Implementation Checklistfor Supply and Service Contractors Action Date Completed 1.
Review the data portions of the affirmative action plan with. For federal contractors and subcontractors, affirmative action must be taken by covered employers to recruit and advance qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.
Affirmative actions include training programs, outreach efforts, and other positive steps. These procedures should be incorporated into the company s written personnel policies. Jun 23, · Affirmative action is defined as positive steps taken to increase the representation of women and minorities in the areas of employment, education, and business.
These steps are taken as redress for past discrimination. Affirmative action is known as positive discrimination in the U.K. and employment equity in Canada. When adopted as a policy requiring preferential selection, affirmative.
Affirmative action in higher education grew out of the civil rights movement. After centuries of discrimination and segregation, minorities in America did not — and could not — rush into universities the moment they finally opened their doors.
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Ill. L. Rev. , – With Benchmark, you can expect an affordable Affirmative Action plan (AAP) that meets all OFCCP audit and compliance requirements for Government Contractors.