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The Challenges of Pay Equity Studies

Tim Castelli
on July 18, 2017

If you are looking to learn more about the latest issues and information impacting affirmative action and equal opportunity employment, join PeopleFluent at the 2017 ILG National Conference in San Antonio, TX on August 1 - 4.  


The ILG National Conference provides attendees the opportunity to network, learn and discuss OFCCP compliance requirements and effective best practices that meet OFCCP regulations.

PeopleFluent is proud to be a sponsor of the preeminent event on OFCCP compliance and EEO issues. With over 1,000 enterprise clients, PeopleFluent is a trusted advisor to firms seeking to improve their Workforce Compliance and Diversity programs.   Companies are realizing significant business benefits from Diversity programs that move far beyond the goal of just meeting compliance requirements and reducing legal risk by expanding to also drive towards developing a diverse and dynamic workforce and becoming an employer of choice.


At the conference, plan to attend the following sessions presented by PeopleFluent experts:

  • “College and Universities: Undertaking a Best-Practice Study of Pay Equity” - August 1 @ 2:30 (pre-conference session #4, Workshop #2), Lisa Harpe Ph.D. and Murray Simpson Ph.D.
  • “The Revised EEO-1 Report: Seeing the Trees and the Forest” - August 2 @ 11:15 (general session #2, Workshop #6), Murray Simpson Ph.D. and Alex Gonzalez

In our session on August 1st, Dr. Harpe and Dr. Simpson will be presenting on the challenges and need for colleges and universities to undertake comprehensive pay equity studies to examine the fairness of their compensation practices.   Institutions of higher education are not immune to the greater scrutiny given these days to employers’ compensation practices. Pay equity studies are designed to understand group’s pay differences, identify any factors that explain pay differences, and help manage litigation risk.  But undertaking pay equity studies is difficult when the workforce comprises academic professionals, tenure-track versus contract faculty, and staff employees subject to or exempt from state personnel acts. During this session, you will learn about the challenges of constructing a pay equity study for a college or university, how to prepare for such a study and what issues to consider if pay equity adjustments are needed.  Many of these same elements are very relevant to pay equity studies performed in other industries.

Y’all be sure to stop by and chat with us at ILG in booths 37 & 38, near the entrance of the exhibit hall!  Stay tuned here for more information on our second session at ILG. 

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