WorkSTEPS and Biddle Consulting Group Partner to Release PAVE Software to Create and Validate Physical Ability Tests

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Biddle Consulting Group, experts in employment test development and validation, has partnered with WorkSTEPS, the leading provider of functional employment testing, to release PAVE software that develops and validates physical ability tests.

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The PAVE tool, for the first time, automates the creation of testing criteria to yield objective and defensible functional employment tests—with an eye toward legal defensibility.

Biddle Consulting Group, Inc., experts in employment test development and validation and WorkSTEPS, the leading provider of functional employment testing, have released the Physical Ability Validity Evaluator (PAVE) tool. PAVE is designed to develop validated physical ability tests for a variety of jobs and also to generate the necessary reports to show the job-relatedness of those tests.

Employers test their applicants in order to increase the odds of getting a qualified candidate who is less likely to get hurt on the job. While it is important to the employer to fulfil this desire, the irony is that those persons not hired can cause far more financial woes to an employer than, potentially, making a poor hiring decision can cause. Challenges made to the federal government are met by enforcement officers trained to sniff out invalid and unfair recruitment practices. Plaintiff attorneys can cause a significant impact on finances, even in the event of an unsuccessful legal challenge. Wise employers are equally concerned with the creation of quality test events and adequate documentation to minimize legal impact. To this end, specifically, the two companies created the PAVE software.

The PAVE tool streamlines the collection of physical ability job analysis data, and then automatically creates a physical ability test for positions in a way that addresses the federal Uniform Guidelines’ testing and job analysis standards. PAVE provides an unprecedented degree of validation of the physical ability test event creation, and ensures that the process adequately addresses the requirements set by the federal Uniform Guidelines of Employee Selection Procedures, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.

The exclusive WorkSTEPS - Biddle Consulting Group partnership provides unprecedented legal defensibility of the WorkSTEPS functional employment test, already recognized as the industry’s gold-standard. The PAVE tool, for the first time, automates the creation of testing criteria to yield objective and defensible functional employment tests—with an eye toward legal defensibility.

WorkSTEPS is headquartered in Austin, Texas, and is a leading national provider of functional pre-employment and post-injury testing programs used by corporations nationwide. Organizations use WorkSTEPS’ proprietary tests to determine the overall fitness of employment candidates to perform essential job functions and tasks. WorkSTEPS’ tests are also used by its clients to compare the functional status of existing employees that are injured on the job both pre and post injury. WorkSTEPS’ appropriately administered and designed testing services help organizations mitigate the incidence and cost of worker injury, and provide them with better data used in remediation of claims such that incidence and costs are reduced almost immediately.

Biddle Consulting Group, Inc. (BCG) specializes in Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) consulting, litigation support, personnel testing software development, and Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) outsourcing and software. Since 1974, BCG has worked with thousands of employers in these areas, as well as providing litigation support as consultants or experts in over 200 state, federal, and circuit court of appeal EEO cases involving statistics and/or job-relatedness (test validity) analyses. BCG has developed and validated personnel tests in hundreds of situations used by thousands of employers.

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