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As we communicated to you in September, the NILG and Cornell University are partnering on a survey-based research project to build an understanding of how federal contractors are initially responding to the revised regulations implementing Section 503 that became effective on March 24, 2014.
We continue to seek the participation of the ILG Community to help identify what works in implementing Section 503. The more contractors that participate in the survey, the more useful the results will be.
Specifically, the survey asks questions about:
- Affirmative action goals/targets related to employing individuals with disabilities
- Use of the Voluntary Self-Identification Form to collect disability status information
- Practices that are working and challenges that remain to implementing Section 503
By collecting these data and sharing results with the contractor community the goal is to promote good practice and develop tools and resources for areas where contractors see challenges with implementation.
The NILG understands contractors may wish to review a hard copy of the survey before completing the online version, so we have secured a sample survey in pdf which is now posted on the NILG website for your convenience. Please click Sample Survey to view and download.
As a reminder, participants who complete the online survey will receive a copy of a final report and free access to six online courses on workplace disability inclusion eligible for six HRCI credit. To learn more and take the online survey please visit:www.YTI.cornell.edu/survey/
Call for Presenters at 2018 ILG National Conference – due 10/23/17
|The 2018 Industry Liaison Group (ILG) National Conference is seeking excellent breakout session speakers on affirmative action compliance; diversity and inclusion; and equal employment opportunity. Federal contractors from across the country will be converging on Anaheim, California for three and a half days of learning and networking. We encourage all interested speakers to submit a presentation proposal by completing our online submission form which is located at this web address: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2018NILG_Proposal. Also, if you know of someone you think would be a great presenter for our conference, please help us spread the word by forwarding this email invitation to them.
Proposal Deadline and Selection Schedule
The deadline for submitting presentation proposals is Monday, October 23, 2017. We are aiming to complete the selection process by mid-January 2018. Selected speakers will receive specific directions regarding spring deadlines for submitting presentation materials. The event itself begins with an all-day preconference on Tuesday, July 31, followed by the main conference from Wednesday, August 1, through noon on Friday, August 3.
Who Should Submit a Proposal
We would appreciate hearing from long-time presenters as well as those who are new to presenting at the conference. Presenters typically include attorneys, consultants, community-based organizations, government employees, and federal contractors. If you’re a federal contractor with an innovative program or success story to share, we would love to hear from you. To help generate ideas, we are providing a non-exclusive list of potential topics.
Speakers who are selected will receive complimentary admission to attend all conference sessions and participate in the meals and events. All other expenses (such as hotel and transportation costs) will be the responsibility of the speaker. There will be a maximum of two (2) complimentary registrations per presentation/workshop. Participation in planning or sponsoring the conference does not guarantee selection as a speaker.
Preconference breakout sessions will be 90 minutes. The main conference breakout sessions will be 60 minutes. Speakers should either allow audience questions throughout their session or leave time for questions and answers at the end to encourage interactive workshops. Attendance at each breakout session typically ranges between 50 to 200 people. In 2017, approximately 400 people registered for the preconference and approximately 850 people registered for the main conference.
Instructions For Submitting a Proposal
Criteria and Protocol
Criteria for Selection of Speakers
Some of the breakout sessions will be designated for optional educational tracks. At this time, we anticipate offering tracks for (1) academic institutions; (2) new practitioners (foundational classes); and (3) continuing legal education (CLE).
We will evaluate each proposal on a 1 to 5 scale based on how the proposal reveals (1) the quality of the lead presenter, including subject matter expertise and credentials; and (2) the quality of the presentation (important topic, substantive learning objectives, and robust coverage). Proposals will be given a plus for offering a creative or original topic or approach. If you presented at a prior ILG national conference, we will also consider attendee evaluations of your presentation. If you haven’t previously given a presentation at our conference, you are welcome to offer references.
No speaker is guaranteed an opportunity to speak unless confirmed in writing by one of the co-chairs of the program committee.
In general, there should be no more than two (2) speakers per presentation. If for some reason you believe you need more, please provide an explanation. Please keep in mind that even if additional speakers are approved, the maximum number of complimentary registrations is capped at two (2) per presentation.
Thank you for your interest in presenting at the 2018 ILG National Conference!
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We recognize there are challenges in understanding and complying with Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act. Having tools and resources to guide you through the process can be helpful but are often hard to come by. In an effort to combat this inaccessibility for federal contractors, NILG has partnered with Cornell University’s K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability to conduct a survey-based research project aimed to help in the design of new tools, resources and other assistance to support contractors with their compliance needs.
We would like to invite all human resources and legal professionals who are involved in the implementation of Section 503 regulations for their organization to participate in this study where you will be asked to anonymously provide information regarding the characteristics of your organization, your affirmative action goals, use of the voluntary Self-ID form and Section 503 implementation practices. Once the information has been compiled and analyzed,respondents will gain not only the final report, but also access to Cornell’s online benchmarking tool on workplace disability inclusion and six free online training courses with HRCI credit eligibility.
If you are interested in participating, please complete the survey at the following link byFriday, September 29: http://www.yti.cornell.edu/
We hope you will take advantage of this great opportunity to contribute to industry research and ultimately gain access to materials that may help you with your efforts. If you have any questions regarding this survey, please feel free to reach out to Sarah von Schrader at firstname.lastname@example.org.