About this time last year, we were preparing for our first time attending the NILG Conference in Indianapolis. Hard to believe another year has passed and the annual conference is upon us again.
For those of you not familiar, NILG (National Industry Liaison Group) is the go-to organization for both employers and practitioners dealing with EEO and Affirmative Action issues across the country. The group was formed through the OFCCP (Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs) in the early 1980’s and has become a great example of how government/private partnerships can enhance both knowledge and compliance.
In last year’s conference, there were many updates on the pending VEVRAA and Section 503 updates that took effect earlier this year. These two rulings were updated in the DOL’s (Department of Labor) Federal Register and serve as significant milestones in helping ensure that federal contractors may not discriminate against individuals due to their veteran status or their disability status.
I found the conference to be a great resource for inside updates about what’s happening in this space and how it might affect our clients. If you’re a federal contractor or organization that is required to follow Affirmative Action guidelines, you may want to consider attending the national conference. This year’s conference is in Washington, DC and runs from 8/5 – 8/8. Likewise, NILG has both regional and state chapters you may join. They are very affordable and will put you in touch with others who can help you navigate this entire landscape.
You may learn more about NILG by visiting their website at www.nationalilg.org. Likewise, you may check out information about their annual national conferences here. We will be exhibiting at the conference, so if you happen to attend, please stop by our booth and say hello.