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Pay Equity

Employers face a growing threat from pay equity claims, both internal and external, pressure from activist investors and increased government-mandated reporting of sensitive pay data.

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With a team of experienced attorneys and Master’s and Ph.D. statisticians and economists, we provide support and defense in the broad range of pay equity issues employers face.

Our “one-stop shop” approach allows clients to address all aspects of pay equity with just one firm. We provide employers with a variety of services, including:

  • Counsel on the design, implementation and administration of pay systems to ensure compliance with federal and state fair pay laws, regulations and pay data reporting requirements;
  • Privileged statistical analyses — by our in-house statisticians and economists — to proactively identify areas of risk and in response to internal complaints, agency enforcement actions and litigation;
  • Defense against systemic pay discrimination claims in EEOC investigations, OFCCP audits, and litigation in federal and state courts; and
  • For publicly traded companies, counsel in the challenging area of activist shareholders demanding “pay equality” and announcements to the public.

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EEO-1 Annual Pay Data Reporting Has Arrived: What Should Employers Do Now?

November 3, 2016 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST
Credits: CLE - 1.0/1.2*, HRCI - 1.0, SHRM - 1.0
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Mind the Gap: The Massachusetts “Act to Establish Pay Equity”

September 20, 2016 - 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Credits: CLE - Pending*, HRCI - Pending, SHRM - Pending
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March 13, 2017

Puerto Rico Enacts Equal Pay Law, Prohibits Employers from Inquiring about Past Salary History

March 13, 2017

Almost two months after signing sweeping employment law reform, Governor Ricardo Rosselló has signed Puerto Rico Act No. 16 of March 8, 2017, known as the “Puerto Rico Equal Pay Act.” Act 16 is effective immediately. Although modeled after the federal Equal Pay Act, Act 16 goes further, limiting instances in which... Read More

January 26, 2017

President Appoints Victoria Lipnic EEOC Acting Chair

January 26, 2017

On January 25, 2017, President Donald Trump appointed Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Commissioner Victoria A. Lipnic to serve as the Acting Chair of the EEOC. Lipnic is the EEOC’s only Republican Commissioner on the five-member Commission. She takes the reins from Jenny R. Yang, a Democrat, who continues as a... Read More

January 17, 2017

New York Toughens Equal Pay Laws: State Contractors Must Disclose Salary Data, State Agencies Cannot Ask Applicants for Salary History

January 17, 2017

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed two executive orders: one requiring state contractors to regularly disclose employee job title and salary data and the other prohibiting state agencies from making pre-job offer inquiries about candidates’ prior or current salary. The executive orders are aimed at eliminating the gender... Read More

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March 15, 2017
SHRM

Mickey Silberman Discusses the Gender Wage Gap

March 15, 2017

Mickey Silberman discusses how new pay equity laws and an increased interest in pay transparency may help close the wage gap in "Addressing the Gender Wage Gap and Pay Transparency," published by SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

October 31, 2016
Law 360

Jackson Lewis' Compensation Structure Noted in Gender Wage Gap Feature

October 31, 2016

Jackson Lewis' salary structure regarding the use of origination credit is featured in "Women Fight Back Against the Lawyer Pay Divide," published by Law 360. Subscription may be required to view article. Read More

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Representatives Wear “Suffragette White” to Support Equal Pay and Other Women’s Issues
March 22, 2017

During President Trump’s first joint address to Congress, a group of democratic female Representatives wore “suffragette white” to shine the spotlight on issues related to women, including #equalpay. Read More

By Julia L. Arcese

California’s Expanding Fair Pay Act
March 15, 2017

The California Fair Pay Act (CFPA) took effect a little over a year ago (January 2016) but already has been expanded to: Ban the use of prior salary to set employee pay; and Prohibit pay differences based on race and ethnicity (in addition to gender) between employees performing substantially similar work. Read More

By Claudia Halasz

Puerto Rico Enacts Equal Pay Law, Prohibits Employers from Inquiring about Past Salary History
March 13, 2017

Almost two months after signing sweeping employment law reform, Governor Ricardo Rosselló has signed Puerto Rico Act No. 16 of March 8, 2017, known as the “Puerto Rico Equal Pay Act.” Act 16 is effective immediately. Read More

By Juan Felipe Santos and Maralyssa Alvarez-Sanchez

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