Equal Pay Act Update

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

$75 Members / $95 Future Members

The federal Equal Pay Act requires equal pay for equal work based on sex, yet a vast number of employers have different pay rates for employees performing the same work. Please join us for this 60-minute webinar to learn how to reconcile any pay differentials you may have and to ensure compliance with the Equal Pay Act.

What Will Be Covered:

  • “Strict liability” requirements of the federal Equal Pay Act
  • Recognized affirmative defenses for “any other factor other than sex” 
  • Title VII’s intentional discrimination requirements
  • Trend in state legislatures to move from and “equal work” to a “substantially similar work” equal pay standard with substantially narrowed affirmative defenses
  • How employers are responding to these changes in these states
  • Best practices for equal pay compliance
  • When pay differentials are justified and can be defended

Expert Presenter:  

Don LawlessDonald P. Lawless is a member of Barnes & Thornburg’s Labor and Employment Law Department in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has 25 years of experience working on behalf of employers to meet their labor and employment law objectives. His labor law practice includes contract negotiation, grievance arbitration, and defense of unfair labor practice charges. He works with clients on USDOL Wage and Hour Division audits, OFCCP compliance and audits, Occupational Safety and Health, and facility and program access under Titles II and III of the ADA.


One (1) credit for the MI Chamber Basic or Advanced Human Resource Compliance AND Tax Policy and Finance Compliance Certification Program. 
One (1) credit under the guidelines of the Michigan State Board of Accountancy. 
One (1) HR (General) recertification credit hour for PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. 
One (1) PDC for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.