Monday, December 12, 2011

Basic EEO Requirements for Small Businesses with Federal Contracts - Part II

Last week we began this short series on EEO for small Government contractors. We listed he six basic EEO requirements and then expanded on the first of those, don't discriminate. Now the discrimination prohibition might seem intuitively obvious to most but its sometimes possible to discriminate without realizing its happening as we discussed in Part I.

The second basic requirement involves the EEO poster. Federal contractors are required to post OFCCP's (Office of Federal Compliance Programs) Equal Employment Opportunity Poster in a conspicuous place. A good place to post it is in a locker room, lunch room, or an area where employees take breaks. Its a simple thing to do and doesn't cost the company anything. We know of one case (and there are probably many) where a disgruntled employee reported his employer for failing to display an EEO poster.

You can obtain the EEO poster by contacting your OFCCP office or download one directly at

The third basic EEO requirement for Government contractors involves employment advertising. Federal contractors are required to state in all solicitations or advertisements for employment that all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

Tomorrow we will continue this series with the record keeping requirement.

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