Concurrent Session
Navigating the Patchwork of Federal, State and International Pay-Equity Laws
Room: Mount Vernon Square
Tuesday 03/19/2019 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Add to calendar
1.00 SHRM PDCs | Intended Audience: Mid-Level
Workplace Application:
Learn how to be proactive and strategic in response to the growing pay-equity challenges employers face. 

Equal pay has become a hot topic and pay-discrimination claims are on the rise. The momentum continues to grow, and employers cannot afford to ignore this pressing issue. In the past year or so, several states and cities have passed new, aggressive equal-pay laws designed to make it easier for employees to bring and win pay-discrimination claims. In addition, the OFCCP has released a new compensation directive outlining the standard procedures for reviewing contractor compensation practices. This growing patchwork of federal, state and local laws poses complex challenges for national and multistate employers. In this session, you will learn how to be proactive and strategic in response to the growing pay-equity challenges employers face. This session will answer common questions employers may have about equal pay, including: How do we comply with different and often contrasting laws from state to state? How does the new OFCCP compensation directive affect us? How can we proactively address pay-equity issues before we are targeted for internal complaints, EEOC charges, OFCCP investigations and private litigation? How do we find and fix the unexplained pay disparities that lurk within our pay systems? And how do we do this under privilege so we don’t have to turn over our efforts in discovery in response to demands from increasingly savvy plaintiffs’ counsels and enforcement agencies?

You will leave this session with a heightened understanding of equal-pay issues, including:

  • An overview of federal, state and international pay-equity laws.
  • An explanation of the OFCCP’s new compensation directive.
  • The differences between wage gap and pay equity.
  • What a shareholder wage gap study is.
  • Strategies for handling starting salaries.
  • What “similarly situated” means.
  • How to conduct a proactive pay-equity analysis.
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David Cohen, president,
DCI Consulting Group Inc.