The EEOC recently released its strategic plan for 2012-2016. The plan identifies three main objectives and identifies fourteen performance measures to measure its progress towards the outcome goals associated with those objectives. The EEOC’s second strategic objective, to prevent employment discrimination through education and outreach, includes an outcome (goal II.B) related to better serving small and new businesses. Specifically the EEOC recognizes the challenges faced by new and smaller entities and states
[I]t is also important for the agency to target underserved subsets of the employer community, including small and new businesses. Given their size and limited resources, such businesses are often less able to take advantage of the EEOC’s training programs and are likely to have in-house human resources professionals to assist them with compliance.
To achieve its goals, the EEOC indicates that it will improve its internet and social media presence, including the introduction of “plain language” into the agency’s “sub-regulatory documents . . . so that employers, employees, and applicants understand their rights and responsibilities.” If achieved, this goal would go a long way towards helping employers (both new and existing) navigate the laws the EEOC enforces.
But while we’re waiting for these changes and the additional tools the EEOC develops to help small and new businesses, there are some resources available for you today:
The EEOC’s site contains information on the laws, regulations, and guidance and publications helpful to understand employment rights and obligations. Additionally, most state websites have similar information, Texas’ can be found on the Texas Workforce Commission website. And Texas, like other states, offers low cost ($85) day-long seminars (Business Conferences) to educate employers and other interested parties on both federal and state employment laws. The schedule and registration form for upcoming TWC Business Conferences is:
- Amarillo, March 16, 2012
- Corpus Christi, March 30, 2012
- Dallas, April 13, 2012
- McAllen, May 4, 2012
- Midland, June 8, 2012
- San Antonio, June 22, 2012
- Wichita Falls, July 13, 2012
- Longview, August 3, 2012
- Houston, August 17, 2012
- Galveston, October 19, 2012