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Instructions for Contractors: Affirmative Action Requirements
Wisconsin Office of Contract Compliance


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General Contract Compliance Requirement

As required by Wisconsin's Contract Compliance Law (s. 16.765, Wis. Stat.), every contractor contracting with the state of Wisconsin must agree to equal employment and affirmative action policies and practices in its employment programs.

Compliance Law Poster Requirement

Additionally, contracts estimated to be over fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) require the contractor to post in conspicuous places, available for employees and applicants for employment, notices provided by the contracting state agency that set forth the provisions of the state of Wisconsin nondiscrimination clause.

Affirmative Action Plan Requirement

An affirmative action plan is required from a contractor who receives a state contract over $50,000 AND who has a work force of 50 or more employees as of the award date, unless the contractor is exempt by established criteria. The plan is due to the contracting agency within fifteen (15) working days of the award date of the state contract. The plan must have been prepared or revised not more than one year prior to the award date of the contract.

Universities, other states and local governments, except those of the State of Wisconsin who receive state contracts of over $50,000, must submit affirmative action plans in the same manner as the contractors.

Affirmative Action Plan Review

After the contractor submits its affirmative action plan to the contracting state agency, that agency reviews the plan for compliance with Wisconsin Statute and Administrative Code.

  • If the affirmative action plan is acceptable, the contractor is deemed eligible and receives a written notice from the contracting state agency. The contractor should note that there are certain benefits to being eligible.

  • If the affirmative action plan is unacceptable, the contractor is deemed ineligible and receives a written notice of the plan's deficiencies from the contracting state agency. The contractor then has thirty working days in which to amend the plan. The contractor should note that there are certain consequences if the contractor fails to comply with the affirmative action requirements.

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