Navigating the Patchwork of Federal, State and International Pay-Equity Laws

2019 Employment Law & Legislative Conference
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.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

David Cohen


David Cohen is the founder and President of DCI Consulting Group, Inc. He provides consulting services to employers and management law firms on a wide range of human resource risk management strategies, particularly in the areas of EEO/affirmative action program development, systemic compensation statistical analyses, comprehensive human resources self-audits, and employee selection and test validation.

In addition, Mr. Cohen is the co-founder of The Institute for Workplace Equality, a national nonprofit employer association that trains and educates federal contractors in understanding and complying with their affirmative action and equal employment obligations.

Recognized as a national EEO and affirmative action compliance expert, Mr. Cohen speaks frequently before corporate leaders from Fortune 500 companies, and at regional and national ILG conferences and OFCCP events. In 2006, he co-authored a book entitled “Understanding Statistics: A Guide for I/O Psychologists and Human Resource Professionals,” which was published by Wadsworth. Mr. Cohen is also the Associate Editor of the Applied HRM Research.

Mr. Cohen has a M.S. degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Radford University and B.A. degree in Psychology from West Virginia University.  

Room: Mount Vernon Square
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