Elaine SmithExpect only the best at the most affordable cost.  Benchmark is a certified woman-owned small business, making us a preferred provider for your AAP and OFCCP audit needs. Our plans have a 100% success rate and we provide professional support if you receive an OFCCP audit letter.  We will also help your company with required policies, procedures and systems.  Our team of experienced Human Resource Consultants can help you get into compliance quickly and easily. Our goal is to provide unparalleled service with experienced, professional resources whenever you need assistance.  Our vision is to continue expanding our services and support in concert with our wonderful clients.

That said, I am very proud to have founded a company that in 19 years has grown to have a reputation of unmatched dedication and service to our client base which represents companies of all types and sizes and a  presence in every state in the Nation.  We sincerely hope you will consider becoming a Benchmark client!  We believe that especially in these uncertain economic times, Benchmark is an affordable and smart solution.

I am looking forward to working with you company!

All The Best,


– Elaine Smith, Owner and Managing Consultant, Benchmark Outsourcing Group



On June 14, 2016, the OFCCP published the Updated Sex Discrimination Final Rule. This will become effective on August 15, 2016. Contractors are already subject to many of these provisions under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, however, there are many new and expanded requirements. Among other things, this new rule makes clear that sex discrimination includes discrimination because of an employee’s and applicant’s gender identity.


Effective 2016 The Benchmark for Veterans has been updated to 6.9% and the Utilization Goals for Disabled remains at 7%. These Benchmarks and Goals will be used in the upcoming Affirmative Action Plans. Information on other onsite compliance requirements is available at the following links:VEVRAA FAQs are available at http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/vevraa.htm

Section 503 FAQs are available at http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/section503.htm

We will make sure that you understand all of the requirements so that you can be 100% in compliance!

If you are not already a Benchmark client, I hope you will consider joining our group of satisfied clients! If you need a better understanding of the new rules and how they will affect you, please give us a call. We can help you understand these extensive new requirements, develop your AAPs and help you get into compliance.

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Please Remember – Contractor Compliance is a REQUIREMENT- Give us a call today for free information about how we an quickly help you get into compliance with Affirmative Action Plans, Policies, Procedures, Postings, etc. This is not an option, it is a requirement if you receive Federal Contracts or Subcontracts and have at least 50 people and $50,000 in Contracts. All employees must be covered under plans.

We can also help you if you have received a Department of Labor Compliance Review letter. If you have, please call us immediately as there is a strict timeline on responding in the case of OFCCP Audits.

Learn How to Find the Best Affirmative Action Consultant for your Plans and Audits

If you are in the process of Affirmative Action Plan Outsourcing, please read our new article “How to Choose the Best Affirmative Action Consultant for your Company”. Clients who request RFP’s from Benchmark are telling us this is a difficult task, but it doesn’t need to be this way. We hope this article makes the process easier for you.


The best approach to ongoing compliance and passing OFCCP audits is planning. We will help you plan a compliance strategy for up-to-date plans, policies, procedures, systems, postings and other requirements that will guarantee your compliance as a Government Contractor or Subcontractor.


We are pleased to provide references and sample reports for your review as you are selecting your AAP and OFCCP audit consultants.


To help our clients be fully prepared, Benchmark provides training on requirements, forms, systems, postings, policies, trends, regulations, and ways to make a “Good Faith Effort” if underutilization is found in your Affirmative Action Plan. We want our clients to be in complete compliance – that’s our goal.

Benchmark offers customer-focused, professional and confidential service. With extensive hands-on experience, ours is a personal, knowledgeable, confidential and customer-driven service – not an academic, clerically-based or cookie-cutter approach to your project or HR needs. We are able to achieve this goal because we have a commitment to your organization’s success. Benchmark’s owner encourages our clients to call her anytime they have a question or concern.

What To Expect From Benchmark

Unlimited phone consultation, personal and immediate attention — The confidence of knowing your projects are in total compliance with a very experienced SPHR Certified Consultant — Projects customized or developed with current, state-of-the-art software — Solid support for HR systems and required contractor systems — Current information on important regulations and trends in the workplace and with the OFCCP — Competent analysis and briefings so that you and your staff can get on track quickly and knowledgeably — The assurance that Benchmark has “hands-on” experience in Employee Relations, HR Systems, AAP Development and OFCCP Audits — All of this for a very reasonable and affordable cost with lucrative pricing guarantees

What We Do

We develop Affirmative Action Plans, support companies during OFCCP desk audits and on-site audits, develop company policy manuals, and provide HR Generalist Support for your day to day employee relations issues.

Many years of Affirmative Action and HR experience, our affordable prices and our Woman-Owned Business certification make Benchmark your number one choice!

Who We Are

Benchmark Outsourcing Group was founded more than 19 years ago by Elaine Smith, a senior level Human Resource professional with over 20 years experience in Affirmative Action and Human Resources.

Based in South Carolina, Benchmark currently has clients Coast to Coast. You will find that Benchmark is your solution for expert help regardless of where your facilities are located or your Human Resources or Affirmative Action needs.

Professional Recognition

Elaine is SPHR Certified and recipient of the coveted SC Human Resource Professional of the Year Award, Small Business Success Award, local HR Professional of the Year Award, and numerous other awards for professional excellence. She developed a project for a client that won the prestigious National Pinnacle Award – National SHRM’s highest award given to only eight out of hundreds of entries submitted from across the Nation each year.

Get the personal customer service you want and deserve for your AAP, Policy Manual, Employee Relations and general HR needs.

You will receive experienced, knowledgeable and personal service every time you deal with Benchmark.

As a client of Benchmark, you will receive the same professional and personal service that has won us recognition as a top practitioner in the field of Human Resources.

We pride ourselves in staying up to date on changing workplace laws and regulations so that our clients can trust that they are in compliance. We generally do not need to visit your location to work with you and we offer our services at a very competitive and affordable price.