A new government effort, the Hiring Initiative to Reimagine Equity (HIRE), will work to expand access to jobs to underrepresented communities. The Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) just launched HIRE to address long-standing recruitment challenges.
- Jenny R. Yang, director of the OFCCP, said she and her team are “very excited” about the joint effort, adding that this is a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” to ensure all Americans can be a part of the U.S. economic recovery.
- The organizations will work with employers, workers and researchers to identify the most promising ideas to ensure good jobs, free of discrimination, are accessible to everyone, said Yang.
- She explained that common recruitment and hiring strategies may serve as barriers to opportunity, such as college degree requirements that are not actually necessary, practices of screening out those with major resume gaps, use of social networks to publicize positions and certain interview questions.
- The program leaders will measure success through stakeholder engagement and solutions identified, said Yang.
- She said over the past year, her department has continued to improve its compliance evaluation process and intends to strengthen connections with workers and organizations and prioritize equal pay in the next few years.