Government Contractors: Complete Company Affirmative Action Plan Certification by June 29

For Federal Government Contractors, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced last week that its Contractor Certification Portal opens tomorrow, March 31.

As part of this opening, companies must complete Affirmative Action Program (AAP) certification through the OFCCP’s Contractor Portal by June 29.

Covered Government Contractors must use the Contractor Portal to certify, on an annual basis, whether they have developed and maintained an AAP for each establishment and/or functional unit, as applicable.

Note that new Government Contractors have 120 days to develop their AAP(s), and must register and certify compliance through the Contractor Portal within 90 days of developing their AAP(s).

To help Contractors start the certification process, the OFCCP’s Contractor Portal includes “Frequently Asked Questions,” plus step-by-step “How-To” videos and related user guides.

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In a move reflective of impactHR’s continued rapid growth, Denise Powell, an HR professional with over 25 years of experience in HR management, has been promoted to the new position of Director, Client Services Operations.

Powell has worked with impactHR, a full-service human resources management and consulting firm, as Senior HR Consultant, Client Services since 2019.

“Denise is an instrumental team member with impactHR, helping us over the last few years fully optimize our suite of HR services and trusted partnerships with our clients,” said Kelly Mitchell, Principal with impactHR. “I’m truly excited for Denise as she takes on this new role to help us further drive client and company success.”

In her new role, Powell will be responsible for building strong client relationships to continue driving the highest levels of quality HR and business strategy services. She also will lead impactHR’s expert team of senior HR consultants to ensure fulfillment of client objectives and satisfaction while working to expand new project opportunities with impactHR’s growing client base.

“I’m grateful to Kelly Mitchell and my impactHR colleagues for this opportunity to further drive impactHR’s long-established track record of trust and success with our clients,” said Powell. “With Kelly’s overall leadership, our team remains more dedicated than ever to helping our clients’ employees and leaders thrive and succeed in their roles to fuel their business growth.” Read more.

The Daily Record (MD) Names impactHR’s Kelly Mitchell One of “Maryland’s Top 100 Women for 2023″

Kelly Mitchell, Founder and Principal with impactHR, has been named one of “Maryland’s Top 100 Women for 2023″ by Maryland’s Daily Record.

The Daily Record “Maryland’s Top 100 Women” awards program, launched in 1996, recognizes outstanding achievements by women demonstrated through professional accomplishments, community leadership and mentoring.

For this program, nominees were asked to complete an application outlining their educational and career history, professional and community involvement, corporate and nonprofit board memberships and mentoring experience. They also were encouraged to submit letters of recommendation from those familiar with their accomplishments professionally, in the community and through mentoring.

A panel of business professionals and previous “Maryland’s Top 100 Women” honorees from throughout the state reviewed the final applications and selected this year’s honorees. Learn more.

impactAction: If you need assistance complying with OFCCP AAP certification, contact us at or 443-741-3900.

impactHR’s Vanessa Kozub Named to CHRA Board of Directors & Director of Its 2023 Spring Conference Planning Committee

Vanessa Kozub, SHRM-SCP, Senior HR Consultant, Client Services with impactHR, has been named a Member of the Board of Directors of the Chesapeake Human Resource Association (CHRA) and Director of its 2023 Spring Conference Planning Committee.

The CHRA is a non-profit HR professional association with over 1,000 members and serves as the Baltimore-region chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

In addition to her Board leadership work with CHRA, Mrs. Kozub is responsible for leading a team of volunteers to plan the full Spring Conference, which takes place April 27 in Windsor Mill, MD

With 20 years of HR experience, Mrs. Kozub is an accomplished HR executive with significant experience leading, developing and implementing integrated HR initiatives to support strategic business goals.

In addition, her professional background as a HR generalist includes expertise in HR policy development and legal compliance, staff development, mediation, conflict resolution, employee recruitment and retention, benefits and compensation and HR records management.

impactHR Joins 2023 Pajamas Drive for Casey Cares!

For the eighth year in a row, impactHR is joining in to help the Baltimore-based Casey Cares Foundation with its annual “Pajamas and Gift Card” donation drive!

Throughout each year (and this April 19 with its one-day #CaseyCaresBiggestPjParty), Casey Cares collects pajamas for children and teens plus gift card donations to send to families in care packages to hospitals in the Greater Baltimore-Washington region.

Casey Cares serves children who are critically ill and going through treatment for cancer, sickle cell, cystic fibrosis, plus other life-threatening illnesses.

If you and your organization are interested in contributing to this vital cause, there are many ways to give, including:

  • Donations such as youth pajamas (preferably in teen sizes)
  • Donations of a gift card for pizza delivery or a pair of pajamas from Casey Cares’ Amazon Wishlist (with gifts sent directly to the Casey Cares office)
  • Donations of a gift card for a grocery store delivery

Click here to learn more about donating (and please know you can drop off pajamas/gift card donations at our impactHR office: 9881 Broken Land Parkway, Suite 302, Columbia, MD 21046).

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