Companies that contract with the federal government must meet certain affirmative action and nondiscrimination obligations under the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. You might be tempted to ask your staffing providers to help you meet those goals. However, staffing firms are very limited in how they can help, writes Dana Baughns, VP and group general counsel for Aerotek, an Allegis Group company.

Staffing firms “can never source, screen, recruit and hire based on any protected basis on behalf of its staffing client’s diversity goals or any other reason without violating Equal Employment Opportunity workplace laws,” she writes.

But as a client, you can ask for assistance with OFCCP reporting obligations by capturing accurate applicant flow data and providing certain metric data gathered during the sourcing and recruitment process. Read more in Staffing Industry Review.