FCC Equal Employment Opportunity Rules

A decade ago, the FCC adopted equal employment opportunity (EEO) rules that apply to commercial and non-commercial broadcasters and multi-channel video programming distributors such as cable and satellite TV operators. Since the rules were implemented in 2003, the FCC has conducted random audits of stations on an annual basis, imposed numerous fines, and provided several important clarifications to the rules.

FCC EEO Rules: A Primer for Ohio Broadcast Stations

In 2018, the OAB’s FCC counsel of Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP, updated its guide on EEO rules,  FCC Equal Employment Opportunity Rules: A Primer for Ohio Broadcast Stations.

A printed copy of the guide was sent to all stations.  Stations may request additional print copies of the guide.

2018 FCC EEO Rules Webinar

The OAB, in coordination with broadcast associations in North Carolina and Virginia, presented a webinar on the FCC’s EEO rules in August 2018. The session was led by Stephen Hartzell, a partner at the Brooks Pierce law firm.

With the FCC’s decision to move EEO oversight from the Media Bureau to the Enforcement Bureau, the importance of compliance with the FCC’s EEO rules has never been more important. This webinar provided a review of the FCC’s requirements for EEO compliance.

Among the topics discussed were:

  • The FCC’s general EEO requirements
  • The FCC’s recruitment requirements
  • The importance of non-vacancy outreach activities
  • Reporting requirements
  • Recordkeeping requirements

An archive of the session is available, along with a PDF copy of the presentation slides.
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