State Pay Equity Compliance for Employers: Closing the Pay Gap and Conducting Privileged Pay Audits

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Wednesday, September 12, 2018

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Program Materials

This CLE webinar will guide employment counsel through a discussion of recent trends in state equal pay laws, including a detailed analysis of the language and responsibilities being included in such legislation around the country.


In 2018, at least 38 states have introduced pay equity bills to address the complex causes of the pay gap that exists between male and female earners. Further, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced in 2017 that pay equity would be one of its six essential priorities from 2018 through 2021. With these growing efforts to close the pay gap, employers should examine their pay practices to ensure compliance with these new laws.

As states shore up their pay equity laws and workers grow more aware of their rights, employers are increasingly turning to confidential pay audits to examine their payrolls and pay practices for illegal wage disparities between genders, races and the groups of protected employees. Pay audits are an excellent tool if performed correctly; without them, employers risk failing to detect unlawful pay gaps that may correlate to factors like gender, race or ethnicity.

While pay equity laws vary by jurisdiction, they generally bar employers from paying workers differently for comparable or substantially similar work unless that disparity is justified under the law. When a state passes a pay equity law, employers must ensure that their hiring processes, standards for promotion, and compensation-setting policies and practices are compliant.

Listen as our distinguished panelists discuss recent legislative trends in state equal pay laws, and how employers and their counsel can spot illegal pay gaps by conducting a pay audit. Additionally, our speakers will analyze strategies for employers to achieve and maintain compliance with equal pay laws after identifying an unlawful pay gap.



  1. Overview of recent legislation passed by various states around the country
  2. Definition of the pay gap and how state pay equity laws seek to correct it
  3. Discussion of privileged pay audits and how employers can use them to identify unlawful wage practices
  4. Best practices for employers and counsel to correct any illegal pay gaps between employees


The panel will review these and other hot topic issues:

  • What are the recent trends in state pay equity laws?
  • What groups are typically protected by pay equity laws?
  • How can employers determine whether their hiring and wage-setting practices are lawful?
  • What steps can employers take to close an unlawful pay gap?


Behymer, Cheryl
Cheryl L. Behymer

Fisher & Phillips

Ms. Behymer is a Co-Chair of the firm’s Pay Equity Practice Group, as well as the Affirmative Action and Federal...  |  Read More

Caminiti, Kathleen
Kathleen McLeod Caminiti

Fisher & Phillips

Ms. Caminiti is Co-Chair of the firm’s Pay Equity Practice Group. She has extensive experience handling...  |  Read More

Pinarchick, Cheryl
Cheryl Pinarchick

Fisher & Phillips

Ms. Pinarchick is a founding Co-Chair of the firm’s Pay Equity Practice Group. She has extensive trial experience...  |  Read More

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