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An Equal Opportunity Guide for Small Business Employers

By Small Business Administration

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Book Id: WPLBN0000693812
Format Type: PDF eBook
File Size: 95,508 KB.
Reproduction Date: 2006

Title: An Equal Opportunity Guide for Small Business Employers  
Author: Small Business Administration
Language: English
Subject: Small Business Administration, Small business bulletin, Regulations, codes, and protocols
Collections: Small Business Administration Collection
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Publisher: Small Business Administration


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Administration, S. B. (n.d.). An Equal Opportunity Guide for Small Business Employers. Retrieved from

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Introduction : the goal of this guide is to assist employers in applying equal opportunity policies in their businesses. It suggests sound eo business practices to all employers, but especially to small business owners who have at least 15 employees or eo commitments to government agencies or contractors. It should enable these businesses to be more aware of their obligations under the laws prohibiting discrimination. This guide is not intended to provide legal advice or to be a substitute for legal counsel concerning specific questions or situations. However, applying these general eo guidelines accomplishes important objectives for a business: potential complaints may be reduced; government investigations and litigation may be avoided; and evidence will exist that can limit employer liability. Adopting positive eo policies also can result in greater work force diversity and a wider clientele for your business; improve recruiting, interviewing and screening techniques; and ensure a more qualified, informed and stable work force. If a complaint is filed, a record of promoting equal opportunity often provides the best defense. Good faith efforts to implement eo policies can show your intent to comply with eo requirements and distance the company from any errors its employees make. The proverbial ounce of prevention can help avoid time-consuming and expensive problems later. As diversity increases among employees (including women and men performing nontraditional work, and minorities, females and qualified individuals with disabilities working in various departments and job levels), the commitment to eo policies strengthens. Evidence of equal opportunity principles at work helps protect any business from serious or frivolous discrimination charges.

Table of Contents
Table Of Contents 1. INTRODUCTION 1 2. RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ALL SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS 1 A. Equal Opportunity Policy Statement 1 B. Work Force Analysis 2 C. Recruitment and Selection 3 1. Recruitment Procedures and Sources 3 2. Application Forms and Interviews 3 3. Job Requirements 4 4. Employment Testing 4 5. Medical Exams and Drug Testing 5 6. Record-keeping 6 D. Other Company Policies 6 1. Discipline 6 2. Performance Reviews


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