The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held a public meeting on February 20, 2013 to discuss progress, achievements, and implementation of the EEOC Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2012 to 2016 that was approved in a 4-1 vote in February 2012. The Strategic Plan serves as a framework for the EEOC to achieve its mission to stop and remedy unlawful employment discrimination by focusing on three objectives: strategic law enforcement, education and outreach, and efficiently serving the public. Information about the meeting is available at http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/meetings/2-20-13/index.cfm.
The three Strategic Plan objectives of the each have performance measures detailing outcomes to be achieved during the four-year period the plan is in effect and designed to assess the EEOC’s progress in carrying out its mission. During the meeting, the EEOC’s Performance Improvement Officer (PIO) answered questions about the first objective – strategic law enforcement – and addressed the EEOC Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) for Fiscal Years 2013 to 2016 and each of the performance measures. The EEOC’s SEP is available at http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/plan/sep.cfm.
Integrated enforcement of the EEOC’s SEP uses a range of strategies including investigations, litigation, federal sector oversight and adjudication, policy development, research, and outreach and education. Based on efforts by a staff work and public input, the EEOC has adopted the following national priorities:
- Eliminating Barriers in Recruitment and Hiring.
- Protecting Immigrant, Migrant and Other Vulnerable Workers.
- Addressing Emerging and Developing Issues.
- Enforcing Equal Pay Laws.
- Preserving Access to the Legal System.
- Preventing Harassment Through Systemic Enforcement and Targeted Outreach.
The EEOC will hold open the February 20, 2013 meeting record for 15 days, and invites audience members and members of the public to submit written comments on any issues or matters discussed at the meeting. Public comments may be mailed to Commission Meeting, EEOC Executive Officer, 131 M Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20507, or emailed to: [email protected]. A press release about the February 20, 2013 meeting is available at http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/2-20-13.cfm.
As reported in November of 2012 on the ESR News blog, the EEOC announced record high monetary recoveries for victims of discrimination for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 – more than $365 million – in its first Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) compiled under the standards of the EEOC’s new Strategic Plan. The PAR for FY 2012 is available at http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/plan/upload/2012par.pdf. An EEOC press release detailing the PAR findings, which also include a significant decrease in the inventory of pending cases, is available at http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/11-19-12.cfm.
Under the first objective of strategic law enforcement, the EEOC secured $365.4 million in monetary recovery, the highest level of relief ever, through is private sector administrative enforcement that includes mediation, settlements, withdrawals with benefits, and conciliation. The PAR also revealed more than $36 million of the amount of relief secured was derived from investigations and conciliations of systemic charges of discrimination, four times the amount received in the previous fiscal year. In addition, the EEOC recovered $44.2 million through its litigation program and more than $61.9 million in relief for parties who requested hearings in the federal sector. The EEOC Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2012 to 2016 is available at http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/plan/strategic_plan_12to16.cfm.
On April 25, 2012, the EEOC voted to approve updated Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The EEOC Guidance is available at http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/guidance/arrest_conviction.cfm. To help employers comply with updated EEOC rules, Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), has written a whitepaper titled ‘Practical Steps Employers Can Take to Comply with New EEOC Criminal Record Guidance.’ The complimentary whitepaper is undergoing a controlled release and is only available to employers by emailing [email protected].
Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority’ – is a nationwide background screening provider accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®). For information about EEOC compliant pre-employment background checks, visit http://www.esrcheck.com, call Toll Free 888.999.4474, or email [email protected].
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