The 2019 ILG National Conference is delivering detailed workshop information to you weekly to organize conference sessions in a meaningful way that apply directly to functional areas of affirmative action and EEO employment.  These Areas of Growth (AOGs) include Changing World, Compensation, Diversity & Inclusion, Nuts & Bolts, OFCCP, Outreach, Regulatory Compliance and more!   You can get a list of all sessions within the respective areas of growth by linking on this link.

 

Changing World AOG

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When ATS programs were first unveiled they caused a shift in the way that companies conducted business. AI is poised to create another radical shift by creating a more efficient talent identification and selection process. Early adopters need to understand the legal landscape as they implement these programs. We will focus on:

  • Creating and implementing AI processes;
  • Identifying and addressing problems like bias and adverse impact;
  • Documenting and minimizing legal risk when using AI processes;

Presented by: Annette Tyman and Mike Childers (Seyfarth Shaw); Aaron Konopasky (EEOC); Kelly Trindel (Pymetrics)

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During this workshop our panelists will sit among the audience answering questions and fully engaging participants in discussion as we explore intersections of civility, campus, community and the workplace. We will look at the research being done; how to create a harmonious campus environment and, from a corporate perspective, connecting employees, business and building a strong community. Participants will leave with resources, contacts and ideas to begin to build an inclusive and civil environment.

Presented by: Ornella Castman (Bayer); Anita Clemon (University of Alabama at Birmingham); Rosemary Cox (DCI Consulting Group); Mark Nagy (Xavier University/Marcus Consulting)

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Participants will leave with the understand of the costs of incivility, and the rewards of civility, within the workplace plus learn practical basic styles of conflict resolution and identify the style most appropriate for managing break room conflicts.  Learn skills in diagnosing the causes of uncivil behavior and understand the role of forgiveness and conflict resolution in the creation of a civil working environment.  Understand the different elements of effective communication, specific interventions that can be utilized when there’s conflict within the workplace and learn a recommended procedure for systematizing civil behavior within the workplace.

Presented by: Joe Bontke (EEOC)

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As our country continues to become more multi-national and diverse, communications across diverse groups become more challenging and interesting. Even between generations, communications norms are very different. Learning objectives include:

  1. Understanding the increasing importance of good business communications.
  2. Understand the challenge of effectively communicating in a complex multicultural world.
  3. Learn communications nuances across several different countries.
  4. Understand the proper words and terms to use with various diversity constituencies.

Presented by: Stan Kimer (Total Engagement Consulting by Kimer, Inc.)

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Predictive analytics have revolutionized marketing practices in corporations, and Human Resources Departments are now beginning to leverage the same data analytics to improve employment decisions. But the media is rife with stories that these algorithmic tools may perpetuate – rather than eliminate – bias, and the EEOC has not propounded guidance on the issue. This panel will discuss how companies can adopt and implement predictive analytics in a considered manner aimed at minimizing legal risk. In this session, Nathaniel and Adam will:

  • Provide a comprehensive survey of the legal landscape addressing predictive analytics in employment;
  • Advise attendees on how to evaluate potential new technologies and structure a plan for implementation; and
  • Teach attendees the key factors to consider and potential pitfalls to avoid when deploying predictive analytics.

Presented by: Nathan Glasser and Adam Forman (Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.)

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Experts are reaching consensus about the major issues facing humanity in the near future, and our most imminent challenges have direct implications on the world of equal opportunity. The presenters will elucidate key problems humanity will confront in the next generation, and how these issues are likely to affect the EO sphere. The presenters will then explain how employers can stay ahead of these challenges and begin building a dynamic infrastructure to navigate the inevitable.

Presented by: Rick Holt (Resolution Economics) and Brandon Moon (Sparlin Law Office, PLLC)

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Artificial intelligence promises to revolutionize the way in which companies make employment decisions. As companies leverage big data analytics in sourcing and selection procedures, questions remain as to whether these products powered by artificial intelligence adequately accommodate people with disabilities. But there are vendors that offer assistive technologies powered by AI to make appropriate accommodations. Attendees will learn:

  • The various types of AI utilized by employers, and how those technologies impact people with disabilities;
  • Strategies to ensure that any AI technologies adopted adequately take into consideration people with disabilities; and
  • AI-powered technologies that may assist employees with disabilities and help employers with their disability inclusion efforts.

Presented by: Alexandra Givens (Georgetown University School of Law); Nathaniel Glasser (Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.)

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You know there are more than two genders. What now? Ms. Higgins addresses how employers can move into the nonbinary world. A “gender outlaw” herself, her disarming and approachable style will encourage you to ask questions. You will learn practical steps to make your organization more inclusive, including:

  1. Educating binary employees about issues facing nonbinary employees
  2. Policy and form changes
  3. How to handle bathrooms
  4. Marketing and recruitment efforts that signal inclusion

Presented by: Tristan Higgins (TristanHiggins.com)

Compensation AOG

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With hundreds of thousands of job titles, how are they mapped for pricing purposes when most surveys have maybe 300-700 various titles This area is little discussed, but pricing decision-making is not done out of magic and will assist in defending compensation claims. This session will review the misconception of market data, market pricing. Participants will understand the various type of compensation surveys and will learn how surveys are compiled. Participants will also learn about artificial intelligence used in the mapping of titles.

Presented by: Anthony Kaylin (American Society of Employers) and Jason Rowe (American Society of Employers)

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In this session, we will follow the tale of a fictional company conducting pay equity analyses. We will discuss how to determine the appropriate group for analysis – one that isn’t too big or too small – depending on the context (proactive, OFCCP audit, etc.). We will look at what Title VII and the OFCCP’s Directive 2018-05 tell us about analysis groupings, and how your organization should be analyzing pay. We will also talk about how the state equal pay laws group employees for pay equity purposes.

Presented by: David Sharrer (DCI) and Rosemary Cox (DCI); Rosemary Cox (DCI Consulting Group); Mark Nagy (Xavier University/Marcus Consulting)

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One of the biggest challenges in compensation analysis is small sample size. Standard Regression methods require decent sample size and can often fail to analyze up to 70% of the workforce. This presentation tackles the small sample size challenge head-on and provide an alternative framework to properly investigate pay equity when sample size is small.

This presentation has three important objectives:

  1. Describe a generally misunderstood and overlooked problem in compensation analysis—small sample size.
  2. Detail newly developed compensation analysis methods specifically designed for small sample situations.
  3. Provide a free compensation analysis tool that participants can use to conduct pay equity investigations in small sample situations.

Presented by: Daniel Kuang (Biddle Consulting Group)

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The OFCCP’s Compensation Directive 2018-05 has gotten a lot of attention, but what does it actually mean for contractors? This session will cut through the statistical jargon, using real life examples illustrate what the new directive really means and what changes contractors should be making to adjust to this new reality, and providing perspectives from a labor economist and attorney experienced in how the OFCCP does business.

Presented by: Rick Holt (Resolution Economics) and Guy Brenner (Proskauer)

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“The wage gap” evaluates existing pay differences. But, current pay is a by-product of years of compounding pay decisions by different decision makers. In fact, starting pay is often the best predictor of current salary. Armed with this knowledge, the EEO enforcement agencies and state legislatures have taken aim at this crucial decision point, making equitable starting pay practices critical to avoiding discrimination claims. Between enforcement agencies and legislatures, employer practices must continue to evolve.

Learning objectives:

  1. pay equity risks;
  2. evolving restrictions;
  3. best practices to defensibly set pay.

Presented by: Matthew Camardella and Chris Patrick (Jackson Lewis P.C.)

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Federal Contractors are compelled to annually assess compensation practices but how do you start. Attendees will learn the practical side of compensation analytics and ways to identify disparities. OFCCP audits are an inevitable in the federal contractor community. While the thought of an audit may strike fear in our hearts, knowing what to expect helps quell those fears. Understanding the steps, anticipating requests and learning how to respond to the Agency will ensure you survive. In this session, learn what happens after your AAP submission and how to deal with potential findings. In this session you will review the basics for conducting a Compensation Analysis, learn practical compensation strategies, review the components of the OFCCP audit process and develop your plan action for becoming more compliant .

Presented by: Patrick Nooren (Biddle Consulting Group) and Will Waymel (Kairos Services, Inc.)

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The OFCCP is far from being the only party investigating whether your workplace is free from compensation discrimination. Some government contractors also have to deal with pay discrimination lawsuits, activist investors, and state and country-specific pay equity regulations. We will discuss strategies for leveraging your OFCCP compliance efforts to develop a broader picture of your pay equity situation.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn about major players and trends in the pay equity movement.
  • Know the differences between various pay equity analytical approaches.
  • Learn a holistic approach for addressing hot-spots.

Presented by: Valentin Estevez (Welch Consulting) and Meredith Gregston (Duane Morris LLP)

Office of Federal Contract Compliance (OFCCP) AOG

Presented By:  Bob LaJeunesse and David Garber of Branch of Expert Services, OFCCP

The National Industry Liaison Group is proud to be an official partner with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) in order to promote contractor engagement, compliance assistance, and proactive compliance.  As part of this partnership, the 2019 ILG National Conference and the Milwaukee Industry Liaison Group are proud to announce a number of sessions led by representatives from OFCCP.  This session will cover how OFCCP analyzes employment data.

Presented by: Harvey Fort, Deputy Director of OFCCP and Samuel Maiden, Regional Director of the Southeast Region; Keir Bickerstaffe of the Department of Labor’s Office of the Solicitor

The National Industry Liaison Group is proud to be an official partner with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) in order to promote contractor engagement, compliance assistance, and proactive compliance.  As part of this partnership, the 2019 ILG National Conference and the Milwaukee Industry Liaison Group are proud to announce a number of sessions led by representatives from OFCCP.  This session will cover topics related to OFCCP’s new focused reviews.

Presented by:  Melissa Speer, Deputy Director of OFCCP and Southwest and Rocky Mountain (SWARM) Regional Director, and Robert Beal, U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of the Solicitor

The National Industry Liaison Group is proud to be an official partner with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) in order to promote contractor engagement, compliance assistance, and proactive compliance.  As part of this partnership, the 2019 ILG National Conference and the Milwaukee Industry Liaison Group are proud to announce a number of sessions led by representatives from OFCCP.  This session will focus on corporate-wide compliance evaluations.

Presented by: Timothy Roark, District Director of the Milwaukee OFCCP District Office

The National Industry Liaison Group is proud to be an official partner with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) in order to promote contractor engagement, compliance assistance, and proactive compliance.  As part of this partnership, the 2019 ILG National Conference and the Milwaukee Industry Liaison Group are proud to announce a number of sessions led by representatives from OFCCP.  This session will cover how OFCCP conducts compliance evaluations.

Presented by: OFCCP Director Craig Leen, OFCCP Deputy Director Tina Williams, and Carol Glazer, President of National Organization on Disability and Director Craig Leen, OFCCP

The National Industry Liaison Group is proud to be an official partner with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) in order to promote contractor engagement, compliance assistance, and proactive compliance.  As part of this partnership, the 2019 ILG National Conference and the Milwaukee Industry Liaison Group are proud to announce a number of sessions led by representatives from OFCCP.  This session will focus on best practices in creating a culture of trust in organizations for individuals with disabilities.

General Sessions Offered by Members of OFCCP:

  • OFCCP Address with Director Craig E. Leen
  • OFCCP Regional Director Panel
  • Update on Contemporary OFCCP Enforcement

Final Thoughts with Director Craig E. Leen

General Sessions Offered by Members of OFCCP:

  • OFCCP Address with Director Craig E. Leen
  • OFCCP Regional Director Panel
  • Update on Contemporary OFCCP Enforcement

Final Thoughts with Director Craig E. Leen

General Sessions Offered by Members of OFCCP:

  • OFCCP Address with Director Craig E. Leen
  • OFCCP Regional Director Panel
  • Update on Contemporary OFCCP Enforcement

Final Thoughts with Director Craig E. Leen

General Sessions Offered by Members of OFCCP:

  • OFCCP Address with Director Craig E. Leen
  • OFCCP Regional Director Panel
  • Update on Contemporary OFCCP Enforcement

Final Thoughts with Director Craig E. Leen

Diversity & Inclusion AOG

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Organizations develop both Affirmative Action and Equity Plans, but what often happens is those documents will gather dust because they aren’t adequately socialized or integrated into the strategic plan or operational framework. The success of a diversity program depends on shared ownership of goals and accountability at every level. T