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For many employers, the National Industry Liaison Group (NILG) is a common name and their annual conference, being held this year from August 27-31 in Hawaii, is attended by HR managers and those involved with Equal Opportunity (EO) and Affirmative Action (AA) compliance as well as OFCCP compliance.

Created by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) to provide open communication between the industry and the OFCCP, the NILG supports small, mid-size and large Federal contractors and employers across the country in all matters related to affirmative action and equal employment opportunity in the United States. They work closely with the OFCCP, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and related local and regional groups to promote EO/AA matters.

Founded in the 1980s, after being well-received by the Federal contractor community, ILG went on to form regional groups across the country, providing platforms to develop partnerships and disseminate information specific to affirmative action and equal opportunity practices. Each ILG organization is distinct and is governed by their individual members. They hold weekly, monthly or annual meeting based on their member needs and gather as a whole at the annual conference.

The first Annual ILG Conference was held in 1983 in New Orleans. Each year leading affirmative action officers, equal opportunity directors, and diversity leaders meet to discuss the latest updates to OFCCP and EEOC as it relates to regulations, compliance, and best practices with a mission to create equal employment opportunity in the workplace.

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