As part of its efforts to provide relief to broadcasters reeling from the coronavirus pandemic, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) has announced a limited waiver of recruitment requirements for the re-hiring of employees who were laid off as a direct result of COVID-19 economic conditions.
Under normal conditions, radio and TV broadcast station employment units employing five or more full-time employees (and multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) employing six or more full-time employees) are required by the FCC to engage in broad recruitment outreach for all full-time job vacancies. That means placing ads in multiple places, in addition to the station website and over the air announcements. The idea is to encourage broadcast licensees to cast a wide net and ensure access to as many people as possible to fill open positions. The optimal result would have stations interviewing multiple people for each job posting, procured from multiple recruitment sources.