By Jessica Miller-Merrell 

Recruiting compliance is something we don’t give much thought to until it really affects us. It’s not a daily consideration. It’s only thought of in an “oh dear god” moment when we’re knee deep in an OFCCP audit or a potentially complicated compliance situation. It’s in that moment that we’ll wish we were more informed and more diligent with our recordkeeping. For most of us it isn’t something that we’ve purposely neglected. In fact, many of us think we’re doing everything right until it hits us that we’re definitely not.
As recruiters, we have so many daily tasks, and ensuring compliance doesn’t tend to be at the forefront of our minds. However, it should be! If you’ve been pushing it to the side, putting it off or just wondering how your compliance measures up, here are three amazing recruiting compliance resources to keep you on track.
OFCCP’s Federal Contract Compliance Manual
OFCCP is the agency that enforces the use of affirmative action and equal opportunity employment at companies that do business with the federal government. As you know, there are strict compliance standards, so chances are you may be missing a piece of the puzzle. This manual goes into great detail about OFCCP compliance and highlights the changes that went into effect in March of 2014. It’s worth reviewing since the last time major changes were implemented was 1988. This manual explains compliance standards and also joins the rest of the industry in addressing corporate culture and employee development. Get ready for 519 pages of pure bliss. Save a tree and read it online here.
Direct Employers Blog
DirectEmployers is a member-driven association that works to create a better recruiting space, leading to labor efficiencies, lower costs and better compliance. Their blog features a weekly compliance roundup, valuable webinars and other compliance and recruiting-related resources. What I love about this blog is that the weekly compliance roundup is unlike any other out there. It’s tough to follow all the updates and interpret how they’ll affect you, but their weekly post does just that. The DirectEmployers blog has a ton of resources, so come for the compliance info and stay for all the other great posts.
Lexology
This online resource provides free corporate law information and can even customize a daily delivery of legal news to be sent to your inbox based on your company’s unique needs. Their free email newsletter that provides insights into employment law as well as OFCCP and compliance-related cases is what I appreciate most about Lexology. Their information tends to be in-depth, so this is one that will be especially valuable for directors, VPs and legal departments that really oversee compliance. However, everyone can benefit from being in the know about compliance and regulatory issues.

These are just a few of the many resources out there that can help provide a framework for your compliance efforts and keep you updated as laws and regulations change. Make it a part of your weekly routine to spend 15 or 20 minutes immersed in all things compliance. It will ensure that you’re in the know and that it’s on the forefront of your mind.

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Jessica Miller-Merrell, SPHR is a workplace and technology anthropologist specializing in HR and recruiting. She’s the Chief Blogger and Founder of Blogging4Jobs and author of The HR Technology Field Guide. You can follow her on Twitter at @jmillermerell.

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