HR Glossary
Affirmative Action Plan

Affirmative Action Plan

Updated on:
August 23, 2022


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What is an Affirmative Action Plan?

An affirmative action plan is a set of guidelines designed to ensure that employees, applicants, and contractors are not discriminated against on the basis of race or gender.

Affirmative action plans require both private and public employers to take specific actions to prevent discrimination in hiring, promotion, and assignment.

Who Is Required to Have an Affirmative Action Plan?

As previously mentioned, formal affirmative action plans are only required for federal contractors and subcontractors. Their conditions include all non-construction federal contractors or subcontractors who: 

  • Have 50 or more employees
  • Are within 120 days from the start of the federal contract
  • Have a federal contract or subcontract of at least 50,000 dollars
  • Have government bills of lading totalling at least 50,000 dollars in any 12-month period
  • Serve as a depository of federal funds in any amount
  • Or are a financial institution that is an issuing and paying agent for U.S. savings bonds and savings notes

There are many reasons why affirmative action plans (AAP) are necessary. One reason is that they help to ensure that all qualified candidates have an equal opportunity to be considered for employment. Additionally, affirmative action plans help to promote diversity in the workplace, which can lead to a more positive working environment for everyone. Furthermore, affirmative action plans can help to address past discrimination that may have occurred in the workplace. By having an affirmative action plan in place, employers can send a strong message that they are committed to equal opportunity and nondiscrimination.