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Celebrities, lawmakers, the government and plaintiffs’ attorneys are focused on closing the pay gap, but that’s easier said than done. As companies face unprecedented pressure to ensure employees are paid fairly, many are turning to proactive pay analyses to find and address pay gaps. The results, though, can be paralyzing. How do we move from analysis to action? More importantly, how do we ensure we’re not creating new discrimination? Quenton Wright and Scott Pechaitis, experts from different sides of the equal-pay field, provide their observations, insights and best practices for interpreting and acting on the results of the pay analysis.
Quenton Wright is a Principal at Charles River Associates. With a MS in Applied Economics and over 12 years of experience, Quenton supports employers by designing custom tools and studies to proactively monitor and analyze employment outcomes such as pay equity, diversity, promotions, hiring, performance reviews, and attrition. Employers turn to Quenton when they need a combination of world class labor economics expertise and superior analytics to cut through the complexity of labor issues and develop clear, comprehensive answers based on concrete data. Quenton helps clients address a wide variety of labor challenges, including proactive state, national, and global pay audits; OFCCP compliance; EEO investigations; monitoring per consent decree; pay gap analyses for public disclosure; and litigation. She has been a regular presenter on compensation topics at SHRM, WorldatWork, National Employment Law Institute, and National Industry Liaison Group events.
Scott Pechaitis is an attorney in Jackson Lewis’ specialty Pay Equity Resource Group. Scott works closely with the firm’s in house statisticians, computer programmers and data analysts to investigate and defend employers in class/collective actions, EEOC investigations and OFCCP audits. Scott spends much of his time overseeing proactive pay equity analyses and assisting employers in identifying and addressing legal “pay gaps.“ Through a combination of data expertise and over a decade of experience providing legal counsel on labor and employment issues strictly to employers, Scott helps companies find and eliminate “hidden” issues in their pay systems. In these projects, Scott works closely with legal, HR and compensation personnel, as well as Jackson Lewis statisticians, to design meaningful analyses under the attorney-client privilege.
Attending this event qualifies for recertification credit for the Certified Compensation Professional® (CCP®), Certified Benefits Professional® (CBP), Global Remuneration Professional (GRP®), Work-Life Certified Professional® (WLCP®), Certified Sales Compensation Professional (CSCP)®, Certified Executive Compensation Professional (CECP)® and Advanced Certified Compensation Professional (ACCP)™ designations granted by WorldatWork. For more information on recertification, visit the WorldatWork recertification webpage at https://www.worldatwork.org/certification/recertification.
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