Final Rule for Definition of Internet Applicant

January, 2006

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs finalized a rule defining an Internet applicant, which will take effect February 6, 2006.  The new rule requires federal contractors to retain records of all Internet-based expressions of interest.

Under the new rule an Internet applicant is defined as an individual who meets all of the following criteria:  the individual has submitted an expression of interest in employment through the Internet or electronic means; the individual is considered for employment in a particular position; the individual's expression of interest indicates the individual possesses the basic qualifications for the position; and, the individual has not removed themselves from consideration or otherwise indicated that he or she is no longer interested in the position.

This new definition will help employers better manage their recruitment and hiring process by providing clear guidance as to who qualifies as an Internet applicant.


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