The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Chair Charlotte A. Burrows and Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) Director Jenny R. Yang will host a livestream roundtable discussion, Skills Based Hiring: Removing Barriers and Paving Pathways to an Inclusive Workforce, to examine how skills-based hiring can promote equal employment opportunity in the workplace. The skills-based hiring approach focuses on practical skills and performance, rather than degree requirements or formal qualifications. As the United States Office of Personnel Management recently observed, “[s]kills-based hiring helps hiring managers focus on what candidates know how to do, not where they learned it. It values all relevant skills for the role at hand, whether they are learned in the classroom, on the job, or on one’s own.”

This roundtable will explore how employers have integrated skills-based hiring into their employment practices and how it has helped them remove barriers to hire and retain workers. We will hear key findings about the approach and how employers have used skills-based hiring to identify talented workers from diverse backgrounds. In addition, we will delve into the practical and legal questions that arise when adopting a skills-based hiring approach.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 1:30-3 p.m. EDT


WHERE: Attendance is free; however, registration is required. Video/Dial-in information will be sent separately upon registration.

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Simultaneous live stream and a recording will be available on the EEOC’s YouTube channel:

HIRE, a Hiring Initiative to Reimagine Equity, is a multi-year joint initiative that aims to boost diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility efforts in hiring and recruitment practices to advance equal employment opportunity and help provide workers with access to good jobs.

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