The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today unveiled a new online resource center designed to help small business owners comply with the laws enforced by EEOC.
The Resource Center was designed for the busy small business owner who needs information both quickly and in a format that is easy to understand, according to the EEOC announcement. In addition to providing general information on EEOC’s laws and ways in which EEOC can assist small businesses, there are also answers to frequently asked questions, guidance in making employment decisions and tips for small businesses on a variety of potential workplace discrimination issues.
EEOC is also launching the first in a series of short videos for small business owners on frequently asked compliance questions. The videos feature EEOC employees from across the country addressing topics, such as responding to an EEOC discrimination charge, and many helpful strategies for small businesses to follow when they start the hiring process.
The Resource Center is a product of EEOC’s Small Business Task Force, which is led by Commissioner Constance S. Barker. Launched by Commissioner Barker in 2011, the task force addresses the needs of small businesses by providing ready access to information through the use of the internet, social media and other sources that is plainly written and easy to understand. It focuses on the needs of startups and companies that may not have the ability to afford human resource professionals or lawyers. It is the first in a series of products the task force is currently developing. A one-page fact sheet was issued in March and is available in 30 different languages. It was designed to help small business owners better understand their responsibilities under federal employment anti-discrimination laws.