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Checklist: Affirmative Action


  • Developed equal employment opportunity (EEO) policy statements and communicated the AAP for minorities and women, veterans and disabled with all managers and supervisors at all levels to ensure that the policy is understood and followed in all employment actions.
  • Audited the contents of the company's internal and external communications to ensure compliance information is posted and up to date (e.g., job descriptions, online and print job advertisements, affirmative action posters).
  • Reviewed recruitment, advertising and job application procedures to ensure nondiscrimination and equal employment opportunity.
  • Posted job with state workforce agency job bank or with the local employment service delivery system where the opening occurs to satisfy the requirement to list jobs with the appropriate employment service delivery system.
  • Collected self-identification forms from applicants and new hires. Asked current employees to self-disclose disability status every five years.
  • Reviewed hiring, promotion, upgrading, award of tenure, layoff, recall from layoff processes to ensure nondiscrimination and equal employment opportunity.
  • Reviewed rates of pay and any other forms of compensation including fringe benefits to ensure nondiscrimination and equal employment opportunity.
  • Reviewed job assignments, job classifications, job descriptions and seniority lists to ensure nondiscrimination and equal employment opportunity.
  • Reviewed paid leave, leaves of absence or any other leave policies to ensure nondiscrimination and equal employment opportunity.
  • Reviewed training, apprenticeships, attendance at professional meetings and conferences, and any other term, condition or privilege of employment to ensure nondiscrimination and equal employment opportunity.


  • Maintained applicant flow log showing the name, race, sex, date of application, job title, interview status and the action taken for all individuals applying for job opportunities.
  • Maintained summary data of external job offers and hires, promotions, resignations, terminations, and layoffs by job group and by sex and minority group identification.
  • Maintained summary data of applicant flow at least identifying total applicants, total minority applicants and total female applicants for each position.
  • Maintained employment applications. Records that must be retained include, for example, advertisements, job postings, applications, resumes, interview notes, requests for reasonable accommodations, tests and test results, personnel files, rates of pay and other compensation, selection for training or apprenticeship, and other information regarding hiring, transfers, promotions, layoffs and terminations.
  • Maintained records pertaining to company compensation design and system.


  • Completed quarterly reports documenting company's efforts to achieve its EEO/AAP responsibilities.
  • Managers and supervisors reported any current or foreseeable EEO problem areas and outlined their suggestions/recommendations for solutions. HR manager discussed any problems relating to significant rejection ratios, EEO charges, etc., with senior management.
  • HR manager reported the status of the company's AAP goals and objectives to senior management.
  • HR manager recommended remedial actions for the effective implementation of the AAP.
  • Filed EEO-1 and VETS-4212 reports annually. 
  • Certified compliance annually via the OFFCP online contractor portal.

Affirmative Action Plan Contents

  • Organizational profile including the following:
  • Job group analysis listing of all organizational unit's job titles, EEO-1 or OFCCP regulation race category, and job group name.
  • Placement of incumbents in job groups by number and percentages of females and minorities.
  • Availability for each job group by percentage of minorities or women and veterans or disabled with requisite skills in the reasonable recruitment area. Also determine percentage of minorities and women among those promotable, transferable and trainable within the company's organization. (Provide raw statistics, value weight, weighted statistics, source of statistics, reason for weighting.)
  • Placement goals established with reasoning indicated. [Example: If the female/minority incumbency percent (%) is less than the female/minority availability percent (%) and the ratio of incumbency to availability is less than 80%, a placement goal was created for that job group.] 
  • Additional required elements:
  • Designation of responsibility for implementation of affirmative action program.
  • Identification of problem areas and action-oriented goals established.
  • Internal audit and reporting system established.
  • Applicant flow log included with candidate names, race/ethnicity, gender, date of application, job title, interviewed (Y/N), action taken and date (hired/not hired).
  • Analysis of affirmative action program progress from prior year AAP to current year AAP. Analysis is by job group, female and minorities goal placement rate percentage and actual placement rate percentage, and analysis of good faith efforts.
  • Other additional programs (optional).


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