Government Agencies Launch Hiring Initiative to Reinvent Equity

On January 12, 2022, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced the launch of a new initiative, Hiring Initiative to Reimagine Equity (HIRE), to rethink hiring practices to promote equal employment opportunity. The goal of this initiative is to identify innovative, evidence-based practices that will help workers from underrepresented communities access good jobs and help employers use their talent across the workforce. American work.

HIRE is a collaborative effort that will engage a wide range of stakeholders with the goal of expanding access to good jobs for workers from underrepresented communities and addressing key hiring and recruitment challenges these workers face. are faced. HIRE will also work to remove barriers to employment that limit opportunities based on race, color, ethnicity, gender, LGBTQ+ status, religion, disability, age and veteran status in:

  • Organize meetings on organizational policy and practices to reinvent equity and expand hiring opportunities;

  • Identify strategies to remove unnecessary barriers to hiring and promote effective, employment-related hiring and recruitment practices to cultivate a diverse pool of skilled workers;

  • Promote equity in the use of technology-enabled hiring systems; and

  • Develop resources to promote the adoption of innovative, evidence-based recruiting and hiring practices that promote equity.

Pending more information on this initiative, HIRE encourages employers, stakeholders and the community to share resources, research and ideas at [email protected] and [email protected] HIRE is also organizing a series of roundtables focusing on strategies for promoting equity by bringing together employers’ and workers’ organisations. More information is available at www.eeoc.gov.

Proactive steps for employers

Many employers and worker organizations recognize that strengthening Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) efforts in the workplace is a critical part of not only attracting and retaining talent, but also to comply with Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws. Additionally, customers, investors and shareholders increasingly want proof of DEIA’s efforts in the workplace.

In light of the EEOC’s HIRE initiative and its new direction, employers should consider taking the following steps to ensure they are compliant with federal and state law and to ensure that they provide an attractive working environment for the brightest and best talents:

  • Examine hiring and recruiting practices such as educational and experience requirements, job descriptions and advertisements, interview questions and potential biases.

  • Reach out to recruitment providers that use artificial intelligence (AI) and other technologies to ensure they understand employer EEO obligations.

  • Use a third party to monitor fair wages and benefits and opportunities for employee advancement.

  • Review employee handbooks and workplace policies for coverage gaps.

  • Regularly train all levels of employees on EEO policies and the importance of DEIA in the workplace.

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Ashley C. Reynolds