Berkshire Associates, a provider of affirmative action, applicant management, compensation, workforce planning, diversity, and training software and services, announced yesterday it is partnering with DirectEmployers Association, a nonprofit HR consortium comprised of Fortune 500 companies.

The partnership will provide DirectEmployes members with affirmative action compliance solutions offered by Berkshire, a specialized human resources consulting and software development firm.

Both organizations will launch webinars, seminars, and other relevant content to clients and members.

According to a news release, DirectEmployers will continue to offer guidance and education around outreach and job distribution to veterans and military personnel.

Shannon Offord, Director of Business Development for DirectEmployers, said, “The knowledge around affirmative action compliance that this new partnership with Berkshire brings is a fantastic addition to the many products and services available to our members.”

Offord continued, “One of our exceedingly valuable services includes job distribution providing employers Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) compliance with the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) as amended by the Jobs for Veterans Act (JVA).”

“We are extremely excited about partnering with DirectEmployers, a company that shares the same passion for effective recruitment and compliance. Berkshire strives to provide human resource (HR) professionals with the resources they need to make their HR challenges easier. This is another step in the right direction,” says Beth Ronnenburg, SPHR, Vice President of Client Services at Berkshire.

  • Robert Green April 22, 2011, 10:42 pm

    Is that .jobs thing with directemployers still wallowing and not producing value to employers? Any updates? Any updates too regarding the .jobs rules violation from ICANN? I thought they were shutting it down.

  • Robert Green April 22, 2011, 10:49 pm

    UPDATE: Employ Media has come to a deal with ICANN to avoid having its .jobs registry contract revoked, at least for the next few weeks.

    Reply from…
    JOBS Charter Compliance Coalition says that Employ Media continued to register thousands of second level domains for its job board sites even after receiving ICANN’s breach notice.
    The Coalition writes:
    Given ICANN’s unequivocal condemnation of Employ Media’s prohibited conduct and the ongoing detriment it is causing to members of the global Internet community, ICANN’s unwillingness to enforce even an incontrovertible case of contractual non-compliance raises significant questions about the wisdom of introducing hundreds of new gTLDs at this time. When Employ Media chose to respond by publicly accusing ICANN of duplicity and refusing to take any action to come into compliance during the initial – and ample – thirty day “cure period,” ICANN inexplicably rewarded the registry operator for its hostile response by granting it an extension until April 15, 2011.


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