It never fails in our office. The frantic phone call because a Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) audit letter shows up on a desk, two weeks after sitting on the President’s desk, with the yellow sticky note “please handle.” Before fear and panic set in, here are some pointers for keeping ahead of the scary audit letter.

Explore if your organization IS covered by the Affirmative Action (AA) regulations. ASK QUESTIONS! You must have 50+ U.S. based employees and a contract of $50,000 or more with the federal government. Subcontractors providing services to a prime government contractor may also be covered under the regulations. Often times, signing Certification Letters that you are an EEO/AA employer indicates that a subcontract is in place.

HR professionals should check with legal, contracts, sales or other areas of the company to explo