On December 12, 2016, two broadcasters – Sun Valley Radio, Inc. and Canyon Media Corporation (the “Petitioners”) – requested the FCC to issue a rulemaking to revise the Equal Opportunity Employment (“EEO”) recruiting outreach requirements. The Petition can be found here.
The current rules require broadcasters to send notices of full-time job openings to recruiting sources that are reasonably calculated to reach the entire community. The Commission has previously advised that use of only Internet recruitment sources was insufficient to satisfy the requirements of the rule and that other outreach methods must also be utilized.
The Petitioners have requested the FCC to issue a rulemaking to revise its EEO rules to allow broadcasters to solely utilize online recruitment sources in recruiting for new full-time job openings.
In particular, the Petitioners argue:
Comments with respect to the Petition are due by January 30, 2017. We strongly encourage broadcasters to support this Petition because the proposed rule changes will simplify broadcasters’ recruiting outreach efforts. Please let us know if you are interested in submitting comments to support the Petition.