Best Practices for Complying with Pay Equity Laws
Enforcement of pay equity laws is on the rise. Oregon’s Equal Pay Law is the most expansive in the nation, requiring pay equity for all protected classes, not just gender. This law also prohibits seeking and relying on pay history, increases the cost of noncompliance, and provides a valuable safe harbor from liability. Learn about the evolving legal requirements of Oregon’s and federal pay equity laws, and specific actions, initiatives and processes employers can implement to minimize risk and limit exposure.
Bio for Christine Thelen
As a former Human Resources Consultant, Christine brings to her practice a unique understanding of the challenges employers and HR professionals face, from workplace disputes and employee relation issues to compliant policies and practices.
Christine provides advice and training to employers and human resource professionals on an array of HR policy, compliance, employee relations and workplace issues, including:
- Challenging separation and disciplinary actions, and employeecomplaints,
- Discrimination, harassment and respectful workplace complaints andtraining,
- Employee handbooks and HR policies,
- Leaves of absence and ADA compliance,
- Wage and hour and pay equity issues, and
- Manager training on effective management practices that mitigate risk.
In addition to providing advice, Christine has represented employers in federal and state court, as well as before the EEOC and state fair labor practices agencies, in a variety of employment matters, including:
- Employment disputes,
- Employment discrimination,
- Whistleblower claims,
- Contract disputes, and
- State and federal regulatory matters.
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