COLUMBIA, MD, April 4, 2011— Berkshire Associates Inc., a leading provider of affirmative action, applicant management, compensation, workforce planning, diversity, and training software and services, announces today it has entered into a strategic partnership with DirectEmployers Association. DirectEmployers is a nonprofit HR consortium comprised of more than 70% of America’s Fortune 500 companies, committed to improve labor market efficiency through the sharing of best practices, research, and the development of technology.

According to Shannon Offord, Director of Business Development for DirectEmployers, “The knowledge around affirmative action compliance that this new partnership with Berkshire brings is a fantastic addition to the many products and services available to our members.” Offord states, “One of our exceedingly valuable services includes job distribution providing employers Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) compliance with the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) as amended by the Jobs for Veterans Act (JVA).”

Berkshire Associates will share its expertise in affirmative action and related regulation with DirectEmployers members. WhileDirectEmployers Association will continue to offer guidance and education around outreach and job distribution to veterans and military. Both organizations plan to deliver webinars, seminars, and distribute informative content to clients and members.

“We are extremely excited about partnering with DirectEmployers, a company that shares the same passion for effective recruitment and compliance. Berkshire strives to provide human resource (HR) professionals with the resources they need to make their HR challenges easier. This is another step in the right direction,” says Beth Ronnenburg, SPHR, Vice President of Client Services at Berkshire.

About Berkshire Associates Inc.:
Berkshire Associates Inc. is a specialized human resources consulting and software development firm, specializing in affirmative action, applicant management, compensation, workforce planning, and training. For over 25 years, Berkshire has been committed to helping companies find cost-effective solutions to everyday human resources challenges.
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About DirectEmployers Association:
DirectEmployers Association is a nonprofit consortium owned and managed by leading global employers with a Board of Directors including representatives from: ConocoPhillips, General Dynamics, KPMG, Lockheed Martin, Newell Rubbermaid, Providence Health & Services, Qwest Communications, Rolls-Royce, The McGraw-Hill Companies, and Xerox Corporation. The collective mission is to provide a cost-effective national employment system that improves labor market efficiency and reflects our nation’s diverse workforce.
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