EEOC Debuts Resource Center for Small Businesses

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission now offers a small-business resource center to assist businesses with one or more employees in fulfilling their obligations under federal law.

“While the information in this section of our website applies to all employers, it has been specifically designed for small businesses which may not have a human resources department or a specialized EEO staff,” the site says. The site includes contact information for liaisons trained to help small-business owners with issues such as determining coverage, accessing training, and responding to charges of discrimination.

“These discussions will not be shared with EEOC staff who investigate, resolve, and litigate charges of discrimination,” the site claims.

The website includes links to the various laws enforced by EEOC—Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, etc.—as well as information on posters, record retention, and affirmative action obligations.

The website is the product of the EEOC’s Small Business Task Force, announced in December 2011 and led by EEOC Commissioner Constance S. Barker. Commissioner Barker’s group issued a Small Business Fact Sheet earlier this year.