With its recent announcement that it had entered into a National Mediation Agreement with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc., the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is now helping more than 200 firms nationwide resolve disputes with their employees without going to court.

The EEOC is charged with enforcing the harassment and discrimination statutes of the land, and it has used the National Mediation Agreement route to resolve more than 136,000 disputes since the program's inception in 1999. The forum allows discussions toward a resolution of employee grievances outside of an adversarial environment, the EEOC maintains.

Employers, before your employees can file complaints and before the EEOC comes knocking at your door, pick up a copy of Personnel Concepts' EEO Compliance Program today. It will help you erect worksite programs to prevent harassment and discrimination and comply with EEO regulations.