The Changing Workforce—Understanding the New Census Data and its Impact on Compliance

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Berkshire expert to examine census updates at SHRM event

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Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ recently announced that contractors must begin using the new census data for AAPs effective January 1, 2014.

On June 12, Charu Avasthy, PHR, a leading compliance expert at Berkshire Associates, a human resource consulting and technology firm that assists companies in building their ideal, balanced workforce, will examine what HR professionals can expect when it comes to the new census data and affirmative action planning in her Big Bend SHRM Conference presentation: “The Changing Workforce—2010 Census Data and its Impact on the Big Bend Area.”

During the 2010 Census, human resource professionals and compliance officers were surprised to see the census collection tool did not solicit occupation and EEO information. Almost immediately, professionals were concerned about the absence of occupation-related questions, and wondered how data would be collected for affirmative action plans. Then the news was released, explaining the questions would be included in the American Community Survey (ACS). What does this really mean?

Charu’s session will help attendees better understand the ACS, along with the 2010 EEO Census data. Charu will specifically address the workforce demographic changes by EEO-1 categories in the Big Bend Area. This information will assist attendees in their recruiting efforts, diversity goals, affirmative action planning, and HRIS system updates. In addition, Charu will discuss Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ recent announcement that contractors must begin using this data for AAPs effective January 1, 2014—or sooner if desired.

For media inquiries, please contact Lauren Collinson 800.882.8904 ext. 1307

About Charu Avasthy: Charu Avasthy is a Senior Human Resource Consultant for Berkshire Associates Inc. With over ten years in the industry and as an expert in compliance regulations, Charu provides customized solutions to a national base of clients across a broad span of industries. With in-depth knowledge of OFCCP regulations, Charu helps clients with the design, development, and implementation of affirmative action programs.

About Berkshire: Berkshire Associates is a human resource consulting and technology firm specializing in helping companies build the ideal, balanced workforce. As an industry leader, Berkshire provides the latest tools and services for applicant management, compensation management, affirmative action, workforce planning, diversity, and professional training. For 30 years, Berkshire has serviced the nation’s most recognizable companies; and as a result has mastered providing clients with cost-effective solutions to everyday human resource challenges.

About Big Bend SHRM: The HR Tallahassee Conference is an annual conference presented by Big Bend SHRM, an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Annually, the conference attracts over 100 human resource professionals and business leaders from Tallahassee and the surrounding areas. Programs presented at HR Tallahassee cover all aspects of the SHRM Body of Knowledge.    


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