An affirmative action plan is a way for businesses and corporations alike to ensure equal employment opportunities and reduce the possibility of facing discrimination in the workplace. Additionally, they ensure that employers are following all rules and regulations that are required of them at the federal level.

At FosterThomas, we work with you personally to develop an affirmative action plan for your business in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC, that incorporate the following:

  • Training programs 
  • Outreach efforts 
  • Information regarding what proactive steps will be taken to increase the presence of minorities in said workplace 

An affirmative action plan in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC, should include the following:

  • Goals/objectives/strategies  
  • Policies 
  • Areas of opportunity  
  • Action statements  
  • Timelines 

When is an affirmative action plan necessary?

Typically, an affirmative action plan which is governed by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance (OFCCP) is necessary when your business performs work on federal government contracts that are valued at $50,000 or more. They are also necessary when a company has 50 or more full-time or seasonal employees, bills that are due to the government over a 12-month period that total $50,000 or more, and businesses that serve as a depository for governmental funds.

The most common objectives that affirmative action plan compliances look to achieve are to correct past policies that disregard unrepresented minorities, promote support through extensive training programs which teach employees, supervisors, and executives about diversity, and to acquire more minorities in the workplace.

As a business, your affirmative action plan development should be included in written policies and relayed to all potential prospects upon interviewing. Failure to comply or disclose the proper information regarding your workplace action plan can result in a large fine to the government as well as to victims of discrimination, the termination of the government contract, and prohibition of future contracts.

For additional information about how you can incorporate our affirmative action plan into your business model, reach out to an advisor today.

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