is the policy of the State of South Carolina to recruit, hire,
train and promote employees without discrimination because of
race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion or physical disability.
This policy applies to all levels and phases of personnel within
state government, including, but not limited, to recruiting, hiring,
compensation, benefits, promotions, layoffs, recalls from layoffs,
and educational, social or recreational programs. It is the policy
of the State to take affirmative action to remove disparate effects
of past discrimination, if any, because of race, color, sex, national
origin, age, religion or physical disability.
Each state agency
shall submit to the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission employer
workforce data and applicant information data by race and sex
by October 31st of each year.
with Section 1-13-110 of the South Carolina Code of Law of 1976,
as amended, the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission shall
submit a report on the status of State Agencies' Affirmative Action
Plans and Programs to the General Assembly by February 1st of
each year. This report shall contain the total number of persons
employed in each job group, by race and sex, at the end of the
preceding reporting period, a breakdown by race and sex of those
hired or promoted from within the agency during the reporting
period, and an indication of whether affirmative action goals
For each job group
referenced in the South Carolina Human Affairs Commissionís Report
to the General Assembly,
where the hiring of personnel does not reflect the percentage
goals established in the agency's Affirmative Action Plan for
the year in question, the State agency shall submit a detailed
explanation to the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission by
February 15th explaining why goals were not achieved.
The South Carolina
Human Affairs Commission shall review the explanations and notify
the Budget and Control Board of any agency not in satisfactory
compliance with meeting its stated goals.
The Budget and
Control Board shall notify any agency not in compliance that their
request for additional appropriations for the next appropriations
cycle may not be processed until such time as the Budget and Control
Board, after consultation with the South Carolina Human Affairs
Commission, is satisfied that the agency is making a good faith
effort to comply with its Affirmative Action Plan, and that compliance
must be accomplished within a reasonable length of time to be
determined by the mission and circumstances of the agency. This
requirement shall not affect additional appropriation requests
for public assistance payments or aid to entities.
This section does
not apply to those agencies that have been exempted from the reporting
requirements of the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission.