Today, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) launched a joint initiative to reimagine hiring practices in ways that advance equal employment opportunity and help provide workers access to good jobs.

The Hiring Initiative to Reimagine Equity (HIRE) is a multi-year collaborative effort that will engage a broad array of stakeholders to expand access to good jobs for workers from underrepresented communities and help address key hiring and recruiting challenges.

As our nation makes major investments in our infrastructure and recovery, HIRE will:

  • Host convenings on organizational policy and practices to reimagine equity and expand opportunity in hiring.
  • Identify strategies to remove unnecessary barriers to hiring, and to promote effective, job-related hiring and recruitment practices to cultivate a diverse pool of qualified workers.
  • Promote equity in the use of tech-based hiring systems.
  • Develop resources to promote adoption of innovative and evidence-based recruiting and hiring practices that advance equity.

OFCCP and EEOC will hold a virtual public roundtable on January 19, 2022, at 2pm ET to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and launch the initiative.

The fight for equal opportunity in the form of better jobs and higher wages played a critical role in Dr. King’s work. The roundtable, the first in a series of convenings, will focus on strategies for advancing racial equity and will bring together employers and worker organizations to understand how we can reimagine hiring practices in ways that advance equity and access to good jobs for underrepresented communities. As our nation rebuilds from the pandemic and adapts to a changing economy, the discussion will explore opportunities to connect and scale actionable solutions to advance equity in hiring.

Find out more about HIRE in the HIRE Fact Sheet. Event and registration information for the roundtable can be found here.

Roundtable Speakers:

Jenny R. Yang, Director, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs

Charlotte A. Burrows, Chair, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Jocelyn Samuels, Vice Chair, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Sindy Benavides, CEO, League of United Latin American Citizens

Kathleen Lundquist, President and CEO, APT Metrics

Fred Redmond, Secretary Treasurer, AFL-CIO

Veta Richardson, President and CEO, Association of Corporation Counsel

Lola Smallwood Cuevas, Project Director and Founder, Los Angeles Black Worker Center, UCLA Labor Center

Cid Wilson, President and CEO, Hispanic Association of Corporate Responsibility

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