In This Issue
As we acknowledge and celebrate some of the national observances this month, including National Disabilities Awareness and the continuation of National Hispanic Heritage month, we’re reminded of how important it is to build an inclusive and diverse workplace. And this month our articles broach many of the topics and legislative programs that impact diversity – and you.
To start we take a look at the Industry Liaison Group, or ILG; a group established by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) specifically to assist federal contractors in understanding and implementing diversity initiatives. If you’re not currently a member, this is a group you may want to consider. In his blog, AJE’s president, Rathin Sinha, provides insight into the topics ILG covers, including changes in OFCCP regulations, as he reviews his attendance at this year's annual National ILG Conference and Exposition.
Delving deeper into OFCCP compliance, our article Reviewing Your OFCCP Compliance Internally is also a must read. It takes a closer look at the steps federal contractors and those involved in diversity hiring should take to maintain compliance, including job listing requirements – one of the main tenants of compliance, and laws, all the way through to how to prep and participate in an audit.
In regards to veterans in particular, our article on the VOW Act will further update you on new legislation impacting diversity recruitment. Enacted by the Department of Labor, the Veterans Opportunity to Work Act – or VOW – helps eliminate roadblocks unemployed veterans may face in obtaining employment by incentivizing employers to recruit those in the veteran community, and more.
Another diversity group we focus on this month is those with disabilities. As you know, employers need to abide by many laws and regulations as they relate to Americans with disabilities. Our feature on How to Discuss Disability in an Interview provides guidance to employers on how to – or if – this topic should be broached.
Lastly, if you have yet to develop a formal diversity initiative for your business, a review of your current programs should be considered. In Making Diversity Work: Auditing Your Workplace Diversity we provide guidelines to assess and help build a program.