EEOC Examines Current State of U.S. Workforce and Future Demand for Jobs

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On April 5, 2017, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held a public meeting at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., where experts examined the current state of the workforce in the United States and what jobs may be in future demand, according to a press release from the EEOC.

“A thorough understanding of today’s workforce, the employment opportunities available, the challenges in the job market – all are critical to our work in the EEOC,” Acting EEOC Chair Victoria A. Lipnic stated in the press release. President Donald Trump appointed Lipnic Acting Chair of the EEOC in January 2017.

Experts told the EEOC – the agency enforcing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination – that upgrading the skills of the U.S. workforce and creating employment opportunities for all workers was key to strengthening the nation’s job market. All of them discussed the benefits of apprenticeship programs as a driver of skills training.

Experts agreed that workers must acquire the skills needed for current and future jobs across many employment sectors, and policymakers should do more to support this need by expanding education and training programs, and by removing barriers to hiring for various segments of the population, including women and minorities.

“Job opportunities must not be denied to anyone for discriminatory reasons. And at the end of our work, discrimination must be remedied with employment opportunity,” Acting EEOC Chair Lipnic stated in the press release, which is available on the EEOC website at https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/4-10-17c.cfm.

The EEOC has also posted the biographies and statements of all panelists, along with a video and a full transcript of the April 5, 2017 meeting, on the EEOC website. These materials can all be found here: Meeting of April 5, 2017 – EEOC to Examine the State of the Workforce and the Future of Work.

In January 2016, ESR News reported the EEOC released Enforcement and Litigation Statistics for the 91,503 charges of workplace discrimination the agency received in fiscal year 2016, the second year in a row that the number of charges filed with EEOC increased. The statistics are at www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/statistics/enforcement/.

In April 2012, the EEOC issued “Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964” that changed the way employers perform criminal background checks. The Guidance is at www.eeoc.gov/laws/guidance/arrest_conviction.cfm.

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