The 2014 National Industry Liaison Group (NILG) conference was held in Washington, D.C. during the first week of August. At the conference, much of the focus was on recent initiatives by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) concerning veterans, individuals with disabilities, and compensation. OFCCP released revised regulations for veterans and individuals with disabilities during 2013, and these revised regulations are now coming to fruition. During the time that the conference was being held, OFCCP released a proposed new tool to annually collect compensation information from federal contractors and subcontractors. This placed even more emphasis on issues concerning compensation.
While much of the discussion at the conference surrounded the revised regulations and OFCCP’s approach to compensation, there were also sessions concerning various other issues of interest to federal contractors and subcontractors. One of the topics that received some attention was hiring. As several speakers noted, OFCCP collects almost all of its financial remedies after a finding discrimination in the hiring process