Understanding Affirmative Action Plans

Understanding the importance of Affirmative Action Plans (AAPs) is an essential step to ensure fair hiring processes and to build diverse and successful teams.

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    Following AAP guidelines provides clear implications on how to break down hiring obstacles and ensure equal opportunities for all candidates, creating a welcoming and supportive environment.

    Topics include:

    • What is an Affirmative Action Plan?
    • AAPs in Action — assessment, corrective action, audit & reporting
    • Managers’ Role — the manager’s version contains additional material on implementing AAPs and supporting inclusive management practices.

    Understanding Affirmative Action Plans Training

    Affirmative Action Plans (AAPs) are written documents required for contractors and their subcontractors who do business with the US federal government. Enforced by the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, AAPs mandate that employers proactively identify and remove barriers that make it harder for underrepresented groups, such as women, racial and other minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans, from being recruited, hired and retained.

    A common misconception is that AAPs are about hiring quotas — they are not. AAPs do not set hiring quotas or require employers to hire unqualified or less qualified workers. Generally, AAPs require employers to compare their workforce demographics to the pool of applicants available to them.

    The goal is to identify and reduce hurdles that may be causing people in certain groups of qualified applicants from being hired or succeeding at work.

    Training employees and managers on the fundamentals of AAPs increases their awareness and understanding of how AAPs help employers access the largest pools of qualified candidates, and their role in supporting policies and practices that promote diversity, equity and inclusion.

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    Understanding Affirmative Action Plans (AAPs)

    This eLearning course provides a clear, concise overview of the purpose of Affirmative Action Plans. Interactive episodes cover different aspects of AAPs and address common questions in viewer email, tweets and challenges. The course is available in versions for employees (15 min) and managers (20-min).

    Build powerful, productive, and diverse teams that set your organization up for success by following a fair hiring process that welcomes applicants from all backgrounds.

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