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DirectEmployers Association Partners with UK-Based Employer Trade Body

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

To promote international standards, education and training opportunities in the human resources industry, DirectEmployers Association announces its partnership with United Kingdom-based trade body, Direct Employers Association (DEA).

INDIANAPOLIS, July 8, 2014 –– While actively working to expand its partnerships and member reach, U.S.-based DirectEmployers Association announces its new partnership with United Kingdom-based trade body, Direct Employers Association (DEA). While similar in name, each organization will bring different components to the partnership to further aid and educate HR professionals in the field of recruitment and talent acquisition.

“With similar missions and drive to create effective recruitment methods and strategies for our respective members, this partnership can not only positively impact our membership, but also provide them with further educational opportunities and access to their peers,” stated Bill Warren, Executive Director, DirectEmployers Association.

While DirectEmployers Association focuses on providing employers with the technology necessary to fulfill federal job listing regulations, as well as employment marketing and branding services, DEA Europe is guided by six key objectives which all serve to promote the importance of the recruitment agenda via training, promotion and services all while formulating best practices. Through this expansion of knowledge and innovation, DEA Europe is fast becoming a recognized expert voice while representing its members, government departments and ministers.

Colin Minto, Chairman DEA Europe said, “We are delighted to collaborate with the US DirectEmployers Association to expand the support and services that DEA Europe provides to its members to a wider global audience. The opportunity to align both Associations’ products and services to empower and develop member strategies and those that deliver them is an extremely exciting proposition and one that will further elevate the resourcing agenda and those that practice it.”

Through this new partnership, members can benefit from the educational environment by gaining access to the DEA Europe’s member network and interacting with fellow recruitment and talent acquisition professionals; accessing tomorrow’s talent via the DEA Europe Schools Initiative; and the free posting of job opportunities to the DEA Europe job board.

About DirectEmployers Association
DirectEmployers is an employer-driven association focusing on talent acquisition and OFCCP compliance that utilizes its technology and thought leadership to amplify job visibility and employment brand, facilitate partnerships to meet EEO/AA goals and provide proof of job delivery. For more information, visit http://www.directemployers.org.

About Direct Employers Association (EU)
The DEA is a not for profit membership organization specifically created for businesses, big and small, with a specific focus on talent acquisition and resourcing, working with in-house professionals who deliver on the skills, capabilities and manpower needs of the organization.

The DEA has been created to help resourcing professionals deliver the commercial benefits of the direct sourcing model for its members – like-minded organizations – through networking and sharing of ideas resulting in the formulation of best practice. The DEA also influences and educates policy makers and key stakeholders on key issues and developments affecting the resourcing sector.

For more information regarding Direct Employers Association partnerships in Europe, please contact Gary Marshall, Commercial Director DEA 07540 992292, gary@directemployers.eu or visit http://www.directemployers.eu

Media Contact: Nancy Holland, Vice President of Marketing, DirectEmployers Association, (317) 874-9022, nancy@directemployers.org

DirectEmployers and National Association of State Workforce Agencies Announce 10 Year Extension of Unique Public-Private Partnership

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

NASWA and DirectEmployers extension

Unprecedented public private partnership, supported by employers and state workforce agencies, that effectively connects job seekers to real job openings is renewed to achieve long-term goals and success.

INDIANAPOLIS, June 24, 2014 /BusinessWire/ –– DirectEmployers Association announced today a ten year extension to its ongoing partnership with the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) and their joint collaboration, the National Labor Exchange (NLx). The partnership extension, now continuing through June 2027, strengthens the NLx and underlines the value the initiative brings to government, job seekers, and employers alike.

Established in 2007, the NLx is a public-private partnership aiming to collect all available, real job openings appearing on the internet. Unlike other job aggregators, the NLx does not include duplicate job orders, because NLX information is only acquired from an employer’s corporate website or a state job bank. As a result, job seekers experience a faster connection to authentic job openings and have a better user-experience. Moreover, job seekers will not encounter “dead job links” because the NLx is refreshed daily. They can also be assured all participating employers are authentic because the NLx validates all employers.

Since its inception, the NLx has made available over 40 million unique job openings from over one million employers. The NLx outlets include state job banks, government portal and the my.jobs network. Currently, the NLx has close to 1.7 million jobs on a daily basis, gathered from 16,000 corporate career sites and state job banks.

“The NLx provides the best information on job vacancies in real time to job seekers. And there are no duplicates, scams, or criminal solicitations. This has made the NLx a cost-effective labor exchange tool for our members in their mission to connect job seekers to jobs and employers to job seekers” said Rich Hobbie, Executive Director, National Association of State Workforce Agencies.

The NLx partnership also allows DirectEmployers to assist its member companies in meeting the OFCCP’s Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) job listing requirements. This provides a seamless method for federal contractors of all sizes, to meet federal job listing and delivery standards while providing a cost effective solution to help reach a diverse workforce.

“Through our work together and collaboration to build awareness around the NLx, we’ve been able to fulfill our mission of creating a more cost effective labor market, while really giving employers and state workforce personnel the ability to connect and reach a large pool of job seekers, including veterans and people with disabilities,” commented Bill Warren, Executive Director, DirectEmployers Association.

Since forming the NLX alliance, DirectEmployers and NASWA have worked closely reaching the following milestones:

  • Signed NLx participation agreements with all 50 states, along with DC, Puerto Rico and Guam;
  • Engaged all publically-funded state job banks to exchange job openings on a daily basis;
  • Provided job openings to US Department of Labor and the Veterans Administration sponsored sites including American Job Center; CareerOneStop; eBenefits Veterans Employment Center; My Next Move; My Next Move for Veterans; MySkillsMyFuture; and VetSuccess.gov;
  • Provided no-cost job spidering services to over 16,000 employers;
  • Hosted five state job banks at no-cost: New York, Connecticut, Nevada, Guam and Puerto Rico;
  • Provided state workforce agencies job banks with search engine optimized, social media integrated and mobile-ready my.jobs microsites increasing job seeker traffic;
  • Signed alliance with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s — Hiring Our Heroes program to support the Foundation’s online job search tool, Fast Track;

As the partnership and the NLx continue to grow, the benefits to companies, state workforce agencies and job seekers will also increase. However the mission, to provide a cost-effective system that aims to improve labor marketing efficiency will remain the same.

About DirectEmployers Association DirectEmployers is an employer-driven association focusing on talent acquisition and inclusion that utilizes its technology and thought leadership to amplify job visibility and employment brand, facilitate partnerships to meet EEO/AA goals and provide proof of job delivery.

About the National Association of State Workforce Agencies The National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) is an organization of state administrators of unemployment insurance laws, employment services, training programs, employment statistics and labor market information and other programs and services provided through the publicly-funded state workforce system.

Media Contact: Nancy Holland, Vice President of Marketing, DirectEmployers Association, (317) 874-9022, nancy@directemployers.org.

Collegefeed Partners with DirectEmployers to Help its 700+ Members Recruit College Talent

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Collegefeed today announced a partnership with DirectEmployers Association, an employer-driven association of talent acquisition and OFCCP compliance professionals, to help its 700+ Fortune 1500 companies recruit the most in-demand new grads and build an ongoing pipeline of college talent. Collegefeed’s matching engine makes it simple for companies to quickly find relevant candidates across diverse backgrounds, whether they’re first-time job seekers, new grads with disabilities or veterans re-entering the workforce. DirectEmployers member companies will also get exclusive access to a wide range of Collegefeed services, including Digital Career Fairs that bring the power of on-campus recruiting to the desktop and branding services designed to grow awareness with millennial job seekers.

DirectEmployers Association helps the world’s largest companies better utilize technology and best practices in talent acquisition to reach the most diverse pool of quality jobseekers. Hundreds of industry leaders from IBM to General Motors are active members, with 10 to 15 new companies joining every month. In addition to its focus in veteran, disability and diversity job distribution, DirectEmployers helps its members amplify their employment brand and job visibility through the proprietary .JOBS top-level domain – the first-ever interlinked and coordinated use of a top-level domain specifically built for job seekers and human resources practitioners.

“DirectEmployers helps to guide companies in the most cutting-edge and cost-efficient ways to recruit and hire the right candidates,” Sanjeev Agrawal, CEO and co-founder of Collegefeed. “For many of those companies, the ability to build brand recognition and attract millennial jobseekers is a huge challenge. We know that most new grads can only name a handful of brands as they start their careers. Our goal is to level the playing field and get as many grads and young alums connected to great companies. Through this partnership, DirectEmployers members will be able to identify, attract and recruit the talent they need to grow their business, and use the time and resources they spend on college recruiting strategically.”

“If you don’t know which companies are out there waiting for you, how can a young job seeker make an informed decision about where to start their career?” said Bill Warren, executive director of DirectEmployers Association. “Collegefeed functions as an equalizer in college recruiting. It provides the tools needed to help companies create mindshare with top students, plus the ability to hire them quickly. With the Class of 2014 beginning their job search, we’re thrilled to offer our members special access to the Collegefeed platform.”

The brainchild of Google’s first marketing chief, Sanjeev Agrawal, Collegefeed uses the latest technologies to completely modernize the job-search and recruiting process for new grads. Since launching last year, Collegefeed has already grown to tens of thousands of job-hunting grads, 1000 hiring employers and universities from Stanford to Carnegie Mellon have rolled out the platform campus-wide.

How It Works: DirectEmployers and Collegefeed
DirectEmployers members can start hiring new grads immediately, by taking advantage of a variety of Collegefeed tools, including:

Connections Engine
Collegefeed’s Connections Engine enables students and employers to get connected faster than ever before. The Collegefeed Connections Engine ensures highly relevant matches and achieves a 40 percent hit rate with employers – compared to only three percent hit rate with traditional job postings. Students simply upload their resumes. Collegefeed analyzes their background and interests and starts presenting them to relevant hiring managers in talent feeds.

Talent Feeds
Talent feeds are highly personalized, pre-vetted lists of quality candidates created to fit a position you want to fill. Just specify your domain preferences, such as Software Engineering or Quality Assurance, in a given location. Collegefeed identifies high-quality candidates matching your needs and sends their profiles to you via email.

Searchable Resume Books
The Resume Book is a private, searchable, online database of student profiles that only employers on the Collegefeed network can access. Resumes are automatically converted into rich profiles and tagged with appropriate job functions such as Sales or Marketing. Employers can easily log in, browse profiles by job function and search by major, graduation date, keywords and dozens of other filters.

Digital Career Fairs
Digital Career Fairs bring the power of traditional university career fairs to the web – transforming the campus recruiting process into a year-round event. Students simply opt in and their profiles are automatically made available to participating employers. Collegefeed technology then analyzes the profiles, automatically places them into job categories, matches them with relevant companies and sends them to hiring managers. Hiring managers can review profiles at leisure and connect with interesting students with the click of a button.

Direct Employer members will receive exclusive access to the June 16-20, 2014 Golden Key Digital Career Fair, featuring honor society students and new grads that represent the top 15 percent of their class.

Branding
Collegefeed helps employers identify and implement best practices for growing your company’s brand awareness with new grads. Using your specific goals and assets, Collegefeed will create a custom, mobile-friendly brand page to attract and engage the brightest students from 400+ colleges. From there you can run contests, challenges and even host virtual networking sessions to interact with students.

Pricing and Availability
DirectEmployers members can create a profile at www.collegefeed.com/partners/direct-employers.

About Collegefeed
Collegefeed was started by a team of six ex-Google / Microsoft / McKinsey alumni who graduated from six schools with ten degrees between them. Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., Collegefeed is funded by Accel Partners, S-Cubed Capital and other key Silicon Valley investors. More information about the company can be found at www.collegefeed.com. Employers, students, placement offices and other partners contact info@collegefeed.com.

About DirectEmployers Association
DirectEmployers is an employer-driven association focusing on talent acquisition and OFCCP compliance that utilizes its technology and thought leadership to amplify job visibility and employment brand, facilitate partnerships to meet EEO/AA goals and provide proof of job delivery. For more information, visit http://www.directemployers.org.

Media Contact: Nancy Holland, Vice President of Marketing, DirectEmployers Association, (317) 874-9022, nancy@directemployers.org.

National Labor Exchange Providing Over 1.5 Million Job Listings to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Newly Enhanced Veterans Job Bank

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS, April 24, 2014 –– The National Labor Exchange (NLx) was named the provider of job content to the newly enhanced Veterans Job Bank found on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs eBenefits platform. A public-private partnership between DirectEmployers Association and its longtime partner the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA), the NLx includes 1.5 million opportunities found on employers’ career sites, state job banks and federal government job portals.

First Lady Michelle Obama announced the new Veterans Employment Center and its enhanced resources for military personnel during a special veterans’ jobs summit, organized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the Pentagon, Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Labor at Fort Campbell, Ky.

“Since its inception, the goal of the National Labor Exchange has been to create greater efficiency in the labor market. Through this opportunity, we’re able to do just that, with the added bonus of streamlining the connection between veteran job seekers and employers on a platform that is already used by transitioning service members,” commented Bill Warren, Executive Director, DirectEmployers Association.

As more than 1 million service members are projected to leave the military over the next years, DirectEmployers, NASWA and the Department of Veterans Affairs will continue to collaborate in hopes of reducing the nation’s high veteran unemployment rate, while bringing together resources from both the public and private sector to achieve this goal.

About DirectEmployers Association
DirectEmployers is an employer-driven association focusing on talent acquisition and OFCCP compliance that utilizes its technology and thought leadership to amplify job visibility and employment brand, facilitate partnerships to meet EEO/AA goals and provide proof of job delivery. For more information, visit http://www.directemployers.org.

About the National Labor Exchange
The National Labor Exchange was created in an unprecedented partnership between DirectEmployers Association and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) with the mutual goal of increasing labor market efficiency. Until 2007, America’s Job Bank was used to connect employers and state entities to job seekers. In July of 2007, America’s Job Bank was discontinued and replaced with the National Labor Exchange to help better leverage private non-profit owned technology and existing state workforce agency resources. Since inception, the National Labor Exchange has shaped an efficient and seamless method for federal contractors to meet federal job posting and delivery standards while still providing a cost effective solution to help reach a highly diverse workforce. Through the use of US.jobs, the National Labor Exchange is also the prime source for quality, vetted jobs to state job banks and the nations veteran’s representatives daily. For more information, visit: http://naswa.org/nlx.

Media Contact: Nancy Holland, Vice President of Marketing, DirectEmployers Association, (317) 874-9022, nancy@directemployers.org

DirectEmployers Association and NASWA Announce Partnership with U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to Assist Nation’s Veterans in Finding Employment

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Through this partnership, the National Labor Exchange will now provide the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program innovative way to utilize job listings through the National Labor Exchange.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – April 2, 2014 – To assist veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses in obtaining meaningful civilian employment, DirectEmployers Association and its longtime partner, the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA), announce an alliance with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s (USCCF) Hiring Our Heroes program. The objective of this alliance will be to utilize and leverage the strengths and expertise of each organization, while working toward the common goal of getting our nation’s heroes back to work.

DEAM14 | Formal Partnership Announcement

At DirectEmployers 2014 Annual Meeting & Conference representatives from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, NASWA and DirectEmployers formally announce partnership and commitment to helping veterans and transitioning service members get back to work.

“Our nation’s military is comprised of some of the most talented individuals, and as a veteran myself, I understand the challenges these men and women face as they enter the civilian workforce. Through this collaboration, we aim to help these talented individuals during this transitional period by connecting them with employers who are military-friendly and ready to hire,” commented Bill Warren, Executive Director, DirectEmployers Association.

The partnership will seek to use the National Labor Exchange (NLx)–an existing partnership between DirectEmployers and NASWA. With over one million jobs available daily from 340,000 nationwide employers, the NLx job source will allow Hiring Our Heroes the ability to better leverage the open data of more than one million job listings currently available in the NLx. Veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses will benefit from Hiring Our Heroes’ ability to more effectively design news search and job application functions in its online job search tool, Fast Track.

“We are excited about this partnership as it brings together and expands significant resources of three major organizations, working in collaboration, to assist our nation’s veterans return to work,” stated Mark Henry, President, NASWA.

Not only will this agreement allow veterans easy access to a variety of jobs, it makes it less challenging for employers to get their jobs in front of veterans, in addition to the Hiring Our Heroes website. Employers who currently use the Hiring Our Heroes website can now list jobs by directly posting into their state job bank, which links into the NLx, or have their jobs electronically acquired from their corporate career website by the NLx–all at no cost.

“Through this innovative partnership, we will be able to better guide our military men and women toward the more than one million available jobs in the National Labor Exchange,” said Eric Eversole, Executive Director of Hiring Our Heroes and Vice President at the U.S. Chamber. “This is public and private sector collaboration at its best and will help veterans and service members make more informed decisions about career opportunities, and to do so earlier in the transition process.”

Furthermore, each of these three organizations will work to leverage their resources and knowledge base with employers and state workforce agencies to help veterans obtain employment opportunities that allow them to utilize their unique qualifications and skillset. The formal announcement of this alliance was made at the DirectEmployers Annual Meeting and Conference on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, located in Arlington, Virginia.

About the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
The mission of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness by addressing developments that affect our nation, our economy, and the global business environment. USCCF presents a broad range of programs that promote a greater understanding of economic and public affairs issues.

Hiring Our Heroes
Hiring Our Heroes, a program of USCCF, was launched in March 2011 as a nationwide initiative to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment. Working with the Chamber’s vast network of state and local chambers and other strategic partners from the public, private, and non-profit sectors, HOH’s goal is to create a movement across America in hundreds of communities.

HOH operates Fast Track, an online job search tool that identifies pathways to careers in the fastest growing job markets in America and the top industries driving that growth.

About DirectEmployers Association
DirectEmployers is an employer-driven association focusing on talent acquisition and inclusion that utilizes its technology and thought leadership to amplify job visibility and employment brand, facilitate partnerships to meet EEO/AA goals and provide proof of job delivery.

About the National Association of State Workforce Agencies
The National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) is an organization of state administrators of unemployment insurance laws, employment services, training programs, employment statistics and labor market information and other programs and services provided through the publicly-funded state workforce system.

Media Contact: Nancy Holland, Vice President of Marketing, DirectEmployers Association, (317) 874-9022, nancy@directemployers.org

DirectEmployers Association to Host Veterans Career Fair and Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Area

Friday, March 21st, 2014

In light of the changing regulatory environment for federal contractors, DirectEmployers will be hosting it’s 2014 Annual Meeting and Conference in the Washington, D.C. metro area, with the goal of providing it’s over 350 attendees with educational information and networking opportunities.

INDIANAPOLIS, March 21, 2014 –– From March 25-27, DirectEmployers Association and representatives from its over 650 member companies will travel to Washington, D.C. to conduct its second Veterans Connect Career Fair, followed by its annual meeting and conference. Held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia, attendees will begin the event by networking and recruiting veterans and transitioning service members. The following two days will allow the talent acquisition and compliance practitioners to continue their education by gaining a deeper understanding of the new regulations enforced by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), as well as tactical tips and advice on new technology and best practices that aid in recruitment efforts.

The event will kick off with a Veterans Connect Career Fair on March 25, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. With the goal of helping veterans and transitioning service members find meaningful civilian employment, this event is free to attend and will allow employers and veteran job seekers to connect and discuss their unique qualifications and skillsets. The following military-friendly employers will be participating in this event:

On March 26-27, 2014, following the Veterans Connect Career Fair, the Association will host member companies for its 2014 Annual Meeting and Conference (DEAM14), filled with engaging speakers, educational sessions and inspiring networking events. The conference will also feature keynote speakers such as employment law attorney John C. Fox of Fox, Wang and Morgan; and disability advocate John Robinson. Topics covered at this event will range from OFCCP compliance related to VEVRAA and Section 503, recruitment, sourcing and emerging technology relevant to today’s talent acquisition and compliance professionals. The DEAM14 agenda will feature presentations from several organizations including: Sodexo, Berhshire Associates, UnitedHealth Group, Thermo Fisher Scientific, EMC Corporation, Intel Corporation, Virginia Employment Commission, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Pacific Northwest Laboratories, KPMG, Phillips 66, Pinnacle Affirmative Action Services, OfficeMax, Vanderbilt University, Charles Schwab, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, National Organization on Disability, and Vantiv.

“As much of our membership is comprised of federal contractors, we aim to have our annual meeting focus heavily on the changing regulatory environment, as well as best practices and advice on how to best tackle any challenges that our members face when refiguring their hiring efforts to comply with the OFCCP’s revisions to VEVRAA and Section 503 regulations,” stated Bill Warren, Executive Director, DirectEmployers Association.

Media, press and walkups are welcome to register as well as gather more information on the Veterans Connect Career Fair, visit http://vetconnect.directemployers.org. To learn more about DirectEmployers 2014 Annual Meeting & Conference, please visit http://deam14.directemployers.org.

About DirectEmployers Association
DirectEmployers is an employer-driven association focusing on talent acquisition and inclusion that utilizes its technology and thought leadership to amplify job visibility and employment brand, facilitate partnerships to meet EEO/AA goals and provide proof of job delivery. For more information, visit http://www.directemployers.org.

Media Contact: Nancy Holland, Vice President of Marketing, DirectEmployers Association, (317) 874-9022, nancy@directemployers.org

A New Way to Recruit College and Graduate Students with Disabilities

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

The following press release was authored by the Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) and was originally posted on March 20, 2014.

Private-sector employers can now use WRP.jobs, a no-cost online job board, to find pre-screened college students and recent graduates with disabilities looking for internships and permanent positions.

Employers can post single jobs or elect to connect all appropriate college-level job vacancies to WRP.jobs. Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) candidates looking for entry-level, career-track positions or professional internship opportunities can view and apply for positions. Candidates represent all majors and include graduate and law students, as well as veterans. WRP.jobs directs applicants to employers’ career pages and applicant tracking systems.

The WRP is a government-wide program co-sponsored by the Department of Defense and the Department of Labor to increase employment of people with disabilities in the federal workforce by providing a pipeline of qualified and highly motivated candidates. Each year, trained WRP recruiters from federal agencies interview college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are looking for internships and permanent positions. Qualified candidates are added to the WRP database, which has been shared with WRP.jobs.

The WRP.jobs portal for non-federal employers is a pilot project developed through an innovative partnership between EARN and DirectEmployers Association.

To access WRP.jobs, employers can visit www.AskEARN.org and click “Request WRP Candidates” to register.

For more information or to post jobs, visit http://askearn.org/#refdesk/Recruitment/WRP.

Global Disability Inclusion, LLC Named DirectEmployers Association’s Newest Strategic Partner

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

The following press release was authored by Global Disability Inclusion and was originally posted on February 11, 2014.

Unique firm to help improve disability employment efforts for association’s 650 member companies by providing valuable resources and expertise

SAINT AUGUSTINE, FL. (February 6, 2014) – Recognizing the importance of empowering people with disabilities by developing and uncovering new employment opportunities, DirectEmployers Association today announced Global Disability Inclusion, LLC as its newest strategic partner. The unique firm, led by two of the nation’s premiere disability employment experts, will provide guidance and expertise on disability employment and inclusion programs to the association’s over 650 member companies.

Known for its OFCCP compliance solution and its ability to provide the technology necessary to amplify job visibility, DirectEmployers also works to facilitate partnerships that help meet EEO/AA goals, while providing proper information and reporting needed for job delivery requirements. The Association also assists employers with strategic recruiting, processes, and diversity initiatives represented in a global workforce.

“One of the key goals of DirectEmployers is to provide valuable resources and expertise to our membership base and we’re extremely pleased to announce Global Disability Inclusion, LLC as our newest disability partner,” said Shannon Offord, Manager Strategic Partnerships, DirectEmployers Association. “They bring a level of expertise and experience in working with corporations that very few firms can offer. We feel this partnership will provide an additional resource to our members who are looking to expand their disability employment programs.”

In a matter of weeks, the employment landscape is set to shift dramatically as federal contractors prepare to implement new regulations set in place by the U. S. Department of Labor’s (USDOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). The new changes will require federal contractors and sub-contractors to set and track goals, hire, retain, train and promote individuals with disabilities. With approximately 200,000 companies classified as federal contractors, experts say the new regulations could significantly impact nearly 600,000 people in the disability community that the USDOL estimates could enter the workforce.

“This Final Rule reflects a growing trend we’re tracking among companies both here and abroad — how to better leverage people with disabilities as customers and employees,” said Deb Russell, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Global Disability Inclusion, LLC. “To be compliant and competitive, you need strong resources and expertise. DirectEmployers is one of the nation’s premier associations serving federal contractors in the U.S. and we’re excited to bring new tools and insight to help their members become disability confident.”

Global Disability Inclusion will present “Beyond Compliance: Employing People with Disabilities,” at DirectEmployers 2014 Annual Conference national conference on March 26, 2014 in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit http://deam14.directemployers.org/.

About Global Disability Inclusion, LLC
Global Disability Inclusion, LLC is a disability owned business founded on the principle of bringing the most experienced consultants together to provide one resource to address all disability employment and inclusion needs both domestically and abroad. The firm’s team of consultants has extensive experience in designing, developing and implementing disability employment and inclusion programs for hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies across multiple industries. Learn more about Global Disability Inclusion, LLC at www.GlobalDisabilityInclusion.com, connect on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GlobalDisabilityInclusion or follow @GlobalDisabilit on Twitter.

About DirectEmployers Association
DirectEmployers is an employer-driven association focusing on talent acquisition and inclusion that utilizes its technology and thought leadership to amplify job visibility and employment brand, facilitate partnerships to meet EEO/AA goals and provide proof of job delivery. For more information, visit http://www.directemployers.org.

Media Contact: Meg O’Connell, Managing Partner, Global Disability Inclusion, meg@globaldisabilityinclusion.com, (704) 840-6174

Great Place to Work® Announces Strategic Alliance with DirectEmployers

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

The following press release was authored by Great Rated!™ and was originally posted on January 27, 2014.

Great Place to Work® Great Rated! Reviews build Members’ Employment Brands

SAN FRANCISCO, January 28, 2014 – Great Place to Work®, a global research and consulting firm, is pleased to announce a strategic alliance for DirectEmployers Association and its Great Rated!™ Reviews website.

“Great Rated! Reviews are written by Great Place to Work®’s workplace culture experts and are based on employee surveys combined with company-provided information about their HR programs and practices. Reviews include the Inside Story, How to Get Hired, What Employees Say, and include links to the company’s open jobs” said Kim Peters, who leads Great Place to Work’s Great Rated!.

Great Rated! Reviews for DirectEmployers’ members include a Customized Jobs Tab populated by DirectEmployers XML job posting, which can be tracked using DirectEmployers standard tools. “We are pleased to support our members’ employment branding initiatives through our strategic alliance with Great Place to Work, and are delighted to announce that DirectEmployers’ members receive the Customized Jobs Tab at no charge,” said Bill Warren, Executive Director of DirectEmployers.

Current Great Rated! Reviews including DirectEmployers’ Customized Jobs Tab:

For more information: http://greatplacetowork.com/get-great-rated.

About Great Place to Work
Great Place to Work® is a global consulting and management training firm specializing in workplace excellence and development of high-trust organizational cultures. Our proprietary research tool, the Trust Index© Employee Survey is taken by over 10 million employees in 40 countries annually. Leading companies worldwide apply our Model® to increase the levels of trust across their organizations and drive business results. In the United States, Great Place to Work® produces the annual FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list and the Great Place to Work® Best Small & Medium Workplaces list both published by FORTUNE Magazine.

About Great Rated!
The Great Place to Work® Model forms the basis of Great Rated!’s methodology, and is relied on internationally as the premiere assessment of employer culture. Great Rated!™ tells the story of workplace culture to job seekers from the viewpoint of a company’s own employees. Great Rated!™ reviews go well beyond a list of benefits or a handful of employee comments, to provide a comprehensive picture of what makes a company great. The site offers both ratings and reviews so that job seekers can easily compare the strengths and benefits across multiple organizations. Great Rated!™ works with a number of strategic partners including DirectEmployers, FORTUNE Magazine, Simply Hired and Digital First Media.

Media Contact: Kim Peters, Great Rated!, (415) 844-2574, kpeters@greatplacetowork.com

DirectEmployers and Employment Law Expert John C. Fox to Host Listening Session with Director Patricia Shiu and Other Key OFCCP Figures

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

DirectEmployers is offering assistance to the federal contractor community by way of a listening session that features OFCCP compliance experts, John C. Fox of Fox, Wang & Morgan, P.C. and the OFCCP’s Patricia Shiu Director; Debra Carr, Director, Division of Policy, Planning and Program Development; and Naomi Levin, Branch Chief for Policy Development and Procedures, Division of Policy, Planning and Program Development.

INDIANAPOLIS, January 16, 2014 – Today DirectEmployers Association, a trusted employer-driven association of talent acquisition and inclusion leaders, has the unique opportunity to work with key personnel in the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) to conduct a listening session at the U.S. Department of Labor, exclusively for members of the Association. Moderated by employment law expert John C. Fox, Fox, Wang & Morgan, P.C., this session will feature the OFCCP’s Patricia Shiu, Director; Debra Carr, Director, Division of Policy, Planning and Program Development; and Naomi Levin, Branch Chief for Policy Development and Procedures, Division of Policy, Planning and Program Development. The participants will work toward dispelling any misinformation that surrounds the OFCCP’s revisions to the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA) and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, giving federal contractors a chance to adjust their individual compliance strategies before the implementation date of March 24, 2014.

“A large portion of our membership represents the federal contractor community,” commented Bill Warren, Executive Director, DirectEmployers Association. “With all of the information and interpretation that surrounds the OFCCP’s revisions to VEVRAA and Section 503, this opportunity gives our members the ability to glean accurate information directly from the source, providing them with a clear direction on how to implement the new requirements into their strategies.”

Prior to this exclusive listening session, members of the Association were asked to submit questions regarding the new regulations to generate an interactive discussion among the OFCCP representatives and the company participants to create greater understanding among the federal contractor community. Select members from companies like Armstrong, BAE Systems, Bechtel, Citizens Bank, DuPont, Hilton, Marriott, KPMG, Raytheon and Sodexo were also invited to the Department of Labor to experience this event in-person, while the membership as a whole was invited to listen in virtually.

Founded in 2001, DirectEmployers has worked for over ten years to help federal contractors comply with OFCCP job listing requirements by providing the technology necessary to deliver jobs to the appropriate employment service delivery system (ESDS). In addition to job delivery and partnership facilitation to help with veteran, disability and diversity outreach, the Association also helps employers to amplify their employment brand and job visibility through the proprietary .JOBS top-level domain. For more information on membership and how you can become involved in the Association, visit http://www.DirectEmployers.org or call (866) 268-6206 and ask to speak to a Membership Development representative.

About DirectEmployers Association
DirectEmployers is an employer-driven association focusing on talent acquisition and inclusion that utilizes its technology and thought leadership to amplify job visibility and employment brand, facilitate partnerships to meet EEO/AA goals and provide proof of job delivery.

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