Preparing for the Revised Veteran and Disability Regulations: New Information on What Should Be Implemented by March 24, 2014
by Bill Osterndorf - Feb, 2014
Federal contractors and subcontractors continue to prepare to implement the revised regulations regarding protected veterans and individuals with disabilities that were issued by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). There are certain provisions in these revised regulations that must be implemented by March 24, 2014. I discussed these provisions in my January 2014 article for...
Section 503/VEVRAA Final Rules: Your Questions Answered?
by Carmen Couden, Esq. - Feb, 2014
With approximately three weeks left until the Section 503/VEVRAA final rules become effective, federal contractors and subcontractors still have many questions regarding the new obligations imposed by the rules and how best to comply with them. As March 24, 2014 approaches, the OFCCP continues to provide guidance regarding implementation of the final rules and to clarify the agency's expectations and plans for enforcement. A...
Algorithm of the OFCCP Enforcement Trend – Part 2 of 3
by Ahmed Younies - Feb, 2014
Part I reviewed the OFCCP's many accomplishments in 2013 and discussed their implications for 2014. Its 2014 agenda appears no less ambitious (more on that soon). Let's briefly compare the OFCCP of the Clinton, Bush and Obama years to get an idea of what likely lies ahead. The Clinton Years: Director Shirley Wilcher took a strong interest in compensation issues and, initially, a tough stance on employment discrimination...
Unemployment Status Discrimination and OFCCP Enforcement
by Sandra Zeigler, Esq. - Feb, 2014
Recently the administration called on corporations to pledge not to use unemployment status as a selection criterion in their hiring decisions. According to various media reports at least 300 corporations have taken this pledge including a number of major federal contractors. The purpose of this article is to discuss whether and to what extent the laws currently enforced by OFCCP can be used to address this issue. OFCCP en...
What You Need to Know About How Recruiters Get Paid (And How It May Affect Your Job Hunt)
by Lisa Rangel - Feb, 2014
There is some confusion out there as to how recruiters get paid for their contracted job placement services. Furthermore, there seems to be even more confusion about how a recruiter’s contract with an employer may affect job seekers. External Recruiters are contracted by companies to find them the best candidate for an open position. The contract between an employer and the recruiter is usually done in one of three ways: o...
3 Vague Phrases Your Resume Can Live Without
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Feb, 2014
Lately, I’ve found three phrases that seem to be flooding job seekers’ resumes—and they can drown out the uniqueness and distinctiveness you offer. If one of these three phrases is in your resume, I suggest you take immediate action to cut the fluff and be more direct. Exceeds expectations This term didn’t use to be on my hit list, but now it has grown so much in popularity that most job seekers are tempted to utilize...
4 Ways You’re Derailing Your Career
by Alexandra Levit - Feb, 2014
The worst kinds of career gaffes are those you do unintentionally. It’s easy to see why reaming out the boss or taking an unscheduled vacation might get you into hot water, but more subtle self-destructive behaviors can be just as damaging. Here are a few to watch out for. 1. You’re all business at the office While it’s essential to be productive and possess a strong work ethic, you don’t want to be perceived as th...
5 Tips to Being a Supportive Spouse in the Job Search
by Julie Walraven - Feb, 2014
Sudden job loss is stressful. Any job loss is stressful. All job loss affects the whole family and not just the job seeker. When your spouse has been the main source of income for years, panic can set in very quickly. If there are major health issues that require investment into medications or frequent treatments, you are in a position where the panic grows even more. 5 Steps to Take If Your Spouse Has Suddenly Become Une...
Earn an Extra $100,000
by Mary Jeanne Vincent - Feb, 2014
Nearly every client I work with laments the fact that he didn’t keep better records of his achievements in previous years. While it is not impossible, it is often a challenge to reconstruct specific examples of your work accomplishments. More than one client has spent hours in his garage rummaging through old boxes in search of evidence that we can use on his resume. If you are faced with this dilemma, here is what you...
Handling Illegal Interview Questions
by Mary Jeanne Vincent - Feb, 2014
Most of us are aware that federal and state laws prohibit discrimination against an employee or applicant because of race, color, gender, religious beliefs, national origin, disability, or age. While these laws are designed to protect us from discrimination, they do not always prevent us from being asked illegal questions during an interview. If you suspect that you may be asked an illegal question, it is important to pr...
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