A Bittersweet Reflection on the 2015 AZILG Conference

A Bittersweet Reflection on the 2015 AZILG Conference

The Expected and Unexpected at AZILG

Another AZILG conference has successfully ended and left its audience with more knowledge and connections than when it began. As one of our favorite conferences to attend, the AZILG committee truly poured their heart and souls into the planning, preparation, and careful consideration of each session. Attendees gained great insight in the proposed Equal Pay Report, compensation, Section 503 and VEVRAA effects, and transgender etiquette. It was quite an eclectic group of topics that elicited a whole gamete of discussions. For example, as the topic of transgender is trending and getting national spotlight, one of the session's discussed the proper terminology and etiquette to support transgender colleagues in the workplace. Many of the terms had not been identified before to the audience, so it turned out to be quite educational and filled with inquisitive hand raises for our speakers.

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Inside the 18th Annual USBLN Conference

Inside the 18th Annual USBLN Conference

The Inside Scoop at USBLN's 18th Annual Conference

What a busy few days of travel and networking for the SourceCast team down in Austin, TX. Our team couldn't be more pleased with the attendance and sessions they've attended thus far. From sessions on Section 503 compliance to competitive advantages of diversifying your workforce, the seminars don't fall short of engaging the audience with noteworthy details. After each session, attendees fill the rooms with captivated chatter, asking neighbors questions regarding the last session. You see groups of strangers, networking and commenting on, for example, the business case for diversity in their organizations. The conference is clearly resonating with the audience and providing great topics that are already disseminating through small group chats to phone calls back to attendees' offices. The audience is clearly here with purpose and a yearning to bring inclusion to their workplace.

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ILG National Conference Preaches Compliance in the Big Apple

ILG National Conference Preaches Compliance in the Big Apple

Compliance Needs to Be a Top Priority

Now that VEVRAA and Section 503 regulations are in place and here to stay, the next task is to prepare for the inevitable audit. With more scheduling letters crashing your Monday morning routine, the speakers at the ILG National Conference are reverently pushing the need to be prepared when OFCCP comes knocking. It is no longer a thing of the future to prepare for impending audits, prepare precise AAPs, and recruit minority or diversity candidates. No, there’s no time to waste in fulfilling requirements, because reviews and audits are now the thing of the present. Each session captivates the audience and ends with a detailed Q&A, which emphasizes the fact that compliance officers and HR generalists alike all have something in common: the desire for knowledge. This ILG National Conference is undoubtedly bringing peers together in the name of compliance and recruitment. Each morning, chatter creeps through the walls and enters the halls as attendees network and share tips with their peers. Sessions consistently produce the sigh of relief when a speaker addresses an audience member’s question, which causes their neighbor to exude thanks for their same silent question. What a sight to see the power of knowledge motivate so many individuals in a single room.

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Are You Ready for the 2015 ILG National Conference?

Are You Ready for the 2015 ILG National Conference?

The Giveaways Keep Coming

Yes, you’ve read that correctly. SourceCast will once again be providing plenty of goodies and giveaways at the ILG National Conference. Simply toss your business card in, and you too can win big like the lucky gentleman pictured above. Along with the goodies, we will be happy to answer any questions about your compliance needs and share with you new tools and enhancements to achieve your compliance and recruitment goals. SourceCast will be located at booth 20 in the exhibit hall, so please be sure to say hello to your SourceCast staff, gain some compliance insight, and don’t forget your conference swag.

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Thank You, DEAM15!


Another year, another great DEAM!

Once again, DirectEmployers put on another amazing conference filled with informative sessions, motivating speakers, and many good, lasting connections made. They sure know how to put on a good conference! This year, the topics revolved a good deal around recruitment and compliance and how the two can and should be interrelated. During the sessions, we observed great focus, connection, and understanding between the speakers and attendees. You can’t ask for anything better than to see people having their “aha” moment during these presentations and networking events, involving key topics affecting HR today.

Last chance to say hello to the Olaf guys

If you haven’t had a chance to stop by and see our NEW Olaf USB drives, please come by, say hello, and snag the last remaining Olaf flash drives.  We couldn’t be happier to be at DEAM15 and help underwrite this amazing event. As always, Indianapolis and DirectEmployers treated us very well. So, thank you DEAM15 attendees and DirectEmployers for the fun AND productive sessions and networking events.

Arizona ILG Has Been a Blast

Arizona ILGFor those of you who didn't know, SourceCast has had the incredible opportunity to help sponsor the current Arizona ILG conference.

Arizona ILG Proud Sponsor

We have to tell you, it's been an honor to be able to sponsor a conference such as this. It's incredible to be able to participate in what this organization is trying to do, as well as take part in the greater role of promoting affirmative action and good hiring practices.

Arizona ILG Proud Presenter

Our very own Lilly gave a presentation earlier today on compliance best practices which was also a huge honor for us. Sure, we sell compliance solutions, but it was a truly unique experience to be able to publicly do what we do best: advise companies on not only how to comply, but how to make their compliance efforts work for them in recruitment and hiring. So, for all who were there, we hope you enjoyed the presentation!

Now to everyone, whether you're in Arizona at the Arizona ILG conference or not, we hope you have a terrific weekend! Until next week!

Seeing Autism As Attribute Rather Than Disability

Just yesterday, autism made headlines. While many federal contractors are required to increase their disabled workforce population, some technological companies are joining in the disabled recruitment process out of desire. One such supporter of the disabled population is SAP AG, a German-based software company, who hired over ten autistic workers in two different hubs in the United States. According to the company’s founder, Holger Graf, autistic people should be key components to any tech company.

Autism: A Desirable Attribute?

Autism, often seen as a hindrance, is also believed to be an attribute in highly involved and tedious fields such as computers and technology. Much credit is due to an autistic person’s propensity for repetition. Many companies, including SAP AG, have found these tendencies to reduce error and result in work that is more thorough. Some credit should also be given to these programs such as Specialisterne, which provides training and education to autistic employees. With the track record and continued success of SAP’s autistic employees, we see that the proper balance of education and natural ability can be cultivated into genius in everyone.

Divorcing Autism from Stigma

The shift to introduce more individuals with disabilities (IWDs) into the workforce is bringing about marked change including: dissolving the stigma and misconception that often accompanies IWDs, an understanding of the benefits of education, and the sense of equality that agencies such as the OFCCP and EEOC are striving for. Now, we’re seeing more and more big name companies dedicating special programs to the hiring of IWDs, especially autism. For now, SAP is a leader in hiring autistic workers in the technology industry, but how long until other industries and companies start noticing the value that IWDs can bring to the table. Watch out college graduates, minorities are finally up to bat.

Source: Philly.com

Disability Self-Identification: Conversation Starter

We wrote a few months ago about the 3 chances to self-identify, but today we're going to touch on why that matters to you, the HR professional. All too well vilified, the OFCCP disability self-identification form carries with it several tangible benefits for you, believe it or not. Today, we're only going to focus on three, so please feel free to come up with your own.

The Disability Self-Identification Form Starts Dialogue

We all know there are certain questions you can't ask in the interviewing and hiring process, and no one wants to cross those lines. However, you can distance yourself from this line by having applicants fill out the new disability self-identification form and tell them the government made you do it. But beyond that, once the applicant chooses to fill out the form, you now have a place from which to start the conversation about appropriate accommodations and getting a clearer picture of the person before you, not just correlating a resume to a limited set of interview responses.

The Disability Self-Identification Form Protects You

Yes, the disability self-identification form protects you, the employer, in two ways. First and foremost, it helps you better account for your outreach and recruitment efforts when OFCCP comes calling (and they will). Hey, when isn't it nice to have stats, right? The disability self-identification form also protects you legally in the case of appropriate accommodations. Heaven forbid, an employee files a lawsuit, but chose not to fill out the disability self-identification form. Well, the fact that the form was made freely available to the employee pulls the rug right out from under them in that case, but of course we all hope it wouldn't come to that.

The Disability Self-Identification Form Helps Productivity

When employees or candidates fill out the disability self-identification form, it allows you the opportunity to accommodate their needs so they can be their most productive selves in the workplace. This eliminates frustration for both sides, the doubt that you've hired the right candidate, and the bewilderment caused by not knowing what could possibly have gone wrong in the process. Bottom line: the disability self-identification form helps your bottom line.

So now, is the disability self-identification form such a bad thing? We certainly don't think so, in fact it's good for all of us. The disability self-identification form opens up dialogue, protects employers legally from some terrible outcomes, and helps ensure productivity. Feel free to disagree, but we think this combination is a home run. But you tell us. What are the real benefits of the disability self-identification form to you?

Source: Huffington Post