Arkansas Industry Liaison Group History

In early 2002, several large federal contractors (i.e. Entergy, Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Regions Bank, etc.) in Central Arkansas were contacted by the OFCCP office in Little Rock about forming an Industry Liaison Group.  A meeting was held in which the OFCCP explained the purpose of the group and how it can help federal contractors promote voluntary compliance with OFCCP regulations and share best practices.  The group of companies decided it was in their interest to work together on compliance issues and partner with the OFCCP in promoting voluntary compliance and provide a voice to the OFCCP of contractor concerns for our region.The small group of federal contractors then contacted other federal contractors in the area and invited them to a meeting hosted at Regions Bank in LR to hear a presentation about what an ILG was by the OFCCP.  After the OFCCP presentation, the contractors met and decided to formally establish the Ark ILG in 2002 with approximately 15 companies represented.  Richard Tyler with Regions Bank was the first Chair of the group and served as Chair from 2002 to 2005. Lori Morgan served as chair from 2006 – 2007. Currently, Tim Orellano is the Chair serving since 2008. Over 240 members representing 90 companies are members of the Ark ILG.The current board of officers include: Tim Orellano, PHR; SHRM-CP; President, The Human Resources Team; Vice Chair Richard M. Tyler, JD, SPHR; Corp, Human Resources Conway Regional Health System; Nikki Skinner, PHR, SHRM-CP Assistant VP Human Resources, Farmers Merchants Bank; Richard Cooper, SPHR Vice President of HR Ark. Blue Cross & Blue Shield; Kathy Brand, PHR, SHRM-CP, Senior Human Resources Manager Acxiom Corporation; Helen Trotter Affirmative Action Specialist FedEx Freight, Inc.Initially the group met twice a year and over time evolved to meeting 3-4 times a year.   In 2003, several members of the newly formed ILG chapter attended the SWARM regional conference to learn more about how ILG’s and learn from other local ILG chapters.  At this conference, the Ark. ILG was asked to host a future regional conference in LR. Ark ILG agreed to host the 2006 SWARM conference.  The conference was both a financial and program success with over 140 in attendance with leftover funding from the conference for continued strong programs and financial viability of the  Ark ILG for the future.   Past ILG meetings have been held at Regions Bank, Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield, and in our current venue the past 7 years at the Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Building who generously hosts the meetings in Little Rock.The Arkansas Industry Liaison Group is a non-governmental nonprofit group with the purpose to inform, educate, and provide a network to federal contractor industry representatives for the sharing of information and issues related to contractor compliance (i.e. affirmative action plans, OFCCP and EEOC regulations, compliance, audits, etc.).The Ark ILG continues to be a very strong and active chapter with excellent programs and low cost membership per person per year.  The chapter provides programs that receive HRCI credits as well as continuing legal education CLU credits. We launched our website in 2016 to provide additional resources, information and communications about upcoming programs. Visit us at federal contractors and non-federal contractors are welcome to join the Ark ILG and participate in our engaging programs and dynamic speakers.     

The Start of the ILGs

Industry Liaison Group (ILG) is a concept, spawned by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance (OFCCP) programs in the early 1980’s to encourage open communication between industry and the OFCCP. The objectives have expanded since the ILG’s beginnings to include partnerships with other government agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and state and local agencies. Local ILGs are found in every Department of Labor (DOL) region.

What is the National Industry Liaison Group (NILG)?

The National Industry Liaison Group (NILG) is the premier employer association on affirmative action and equal employment opportunity in the United States, supporting approximately 200 ILGs. The NILG is proud of the voluntary and unique partnership of public and private sector cooperation, it has been able to foster as an effective approach in dealing with important legal and regulatory issues regarding affirmative action and equal opportunity. No other employer association has a broader base of constituents focused on EEO/AA matters.