The 32nd Annual ILG National Conference opened this morning with an address from Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez. This was the first time a sitting Secretary addressed the group, and Secretary Perez hoped it would not be the last. In his remarks, the Secretary acknowledged the “good work” employers have done in past months to increase jobs, noting 22% of the workforce is employed by federal contractors, but commented his belief that the work is not yet done. To that end, the Secretary relayed to the group the sentiment that while there are many different types of employers “we are in the same orchestra and that is the orchestra of opportunity and you’re sitting in the front row.”
Continuing with his commitment to listen to employers, Secretary of Perez encouraged attendees to “never hesitate to let him know if they think we are screwing up.” Stating “I don’t know what I don’t know”, the Secretary repeated his desire to hear from contractors about their concerns, trepidations, and positive feedback.
There was speculation that Secretary Perez would unveil during his remarks this morning the much anticipated pay data collection tool or speak to other forthcoming Department of Labor regulations. This was not the case; however, we have learned that OMB has released the details of the pay data collection tool to be published in the federal register on Friday – which coincides with OFCCP Director Pat Shiu’s address to the conference.