What Every Employer Should Know About Pay Equity

  • 13 Nov 2018
  • 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Manchester Country Club, 180 S River Rd, Bedford, NH

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What Every Employer Should Know About Pay Equity
November 13, 2018      7:30am – 10am
Manchester Country Club, 180 South River Road, Bedford NH

Generally accepted statistics identify the gender wage gap as women earning, on average, 78 cents per dollar earned by men.  The EEOC listed pay equity as a strategic focus area in its most recent long range plan.  Since 2016 numerous states have enacted new pay equity laws or revised existing ones.  There has also been a wave of legislation restricting inquiries about an applicant’s wage history.

Why should NH employers care? 

  • There are longstanding NH state and federal equal pay laws, and efforts to amend both are ongoing.
  • The neighboring state of MA has one of the most aggressive pay equity laws in the country.
  • NH employers with multi-state workforces need to be aware of current law in other jurisdictions.
  • Gender discrimination claims often contain a pay equity component.
  • Getting it right and doing it right will enhance recruitment and retention efforts in this tight labor market.

This interactive presentation will highlight the current trends in pay equity laws and state and federal enforcement efforts.  It will also provide attendees with best practices for evaluation of a company’s own pay policies with a focus on equity, transparency and self-audits

About our Presenter: Charla Stevens, Esquire, McLane Middleton Professional Association

Charla Stevens is a Director and chair of the Employment Practice Group at the law firm of McLane Middleton Professional Association.  She also works in the Education and Health Care practice groups. She has extensive background addressing litigated and non-litigated employment issues such as discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, protection of trade secrets, employee classification and wage and hour.  Charla litigates cases in the state and federal courts of New Hampshire and Massachusetts and before numerous state and federal administrative agencies such as the state and federal Departments of Labor, the New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and OSHA. 

Charla regularly advises independent schools regarding risk management and policy writing with respect to issues involving both students and employees. She has extensive experience conducting internal investigations for private employers, independent schools and colleges and universities.  She conducts supervisor, anti-harassment, boundaries and safe-school training and works with schools and employers to maintain legal compliance in a cost-efficient and effective way.

She frequently lectures on employment-related topics before business and human resource organizations and writes on topics of interest to the business community.

Charla is the Vice-Chair of the NH Business and Industry Association’s Healthcare, HR & Workforce Development Policy Committee and a Past Director of the HR State Council of New Hampshire.   She was appointed by Governor Maggie Hassan to serve as Chair of the State Personnel Appeals Board.   She serves on the Public Interest Oversight Committee of the Boston Bar Association and has been recognized for her commitment to pro bono legal service.  Charla has been recognized as a leading employment lawyer by Best Lawyers, Chambers USA, New England Super Lawyers and Martindale-Hubbell.

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