Pay Equality: Closing the Wage Gap and Leveling the Playing Field

On Demand Webinar Duration 75 Minutes Credits HRCI 1.15 & SHRM 1.15 PDCs

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Speaker: Diane L. Dee, President of Advantage HR Consulting, has over 25 years of experience in the Human Resources arena

The audience will learn that they don't already know

  • Pay inequality is a form of gender discrimination & violates multiple Federal laws
  • Understanding the differences between Pay Equity & Equitable Pay
  • Criteria used to determine whether an employer has committed compensation discrimination
  • Steps to take to eradicate the gender wage gap
  • Legitimate explanations for wage gaps

3-5 burning questions the target audience has about this topic

  • Which Federal and/or State laws apply to pay discrimination?
  • What role does bias play in the gender wage gap?
  • Are there legitimate explanations for certain wage gaps?

3-5 pain points the target audience has with this topic

  • Understanding the importance of rectifying pay equity issues
  • Consequences to employers who are non-compliant with equal pay legislation
  • Are victims of pay discrimination protected against retaliation under pay equity legislation?

At 7 - 10 specific topics/items in bullet format that you will discuss

  • Defining pay equity
  • Provisions of the 2019 Paycheck Fairness Act
  • Does the Paycheck Fairness Act go far enough?
  • Other Federal legislation that governs pay discrimination
  • Provisions of the Equal Pay Act
  • Creating pay equality in the workplace
  • Steps organizations can take to create better pay equality
  • Auditing your pay practices
  • Bias-proof your interviewing process
  • Importance of training managers to ensure all employees are treated fairly & pay decisions are made in a transparent & consistent manner
  • Establish compensation policies and stick to them
  • Setting specific goals around gender/racial equity

2-3 things the audience will be able to do after viewing the Workshop

  • Participants will feel comfortable opening the lines of communication with their employees to become more transparent when bringing pay equity issues to the forefront.
  • Participants will recognize the differences between “pay equity” and “equitable pay” and how they relate to each other.
  • Participants will learn why unequal pay is a form of gender discrimination.


Pay equity continues to be a top concern for HR professionals. In the past couple of years, federal, state and local legislators have ramped up requirements for employers to address the pay gap between men and women, and between white and minority employees. Additionally, workers themselves now are well aware of how much they’re worth in the market, as they have more access to salary information than ever before. All of this means that businesses need to make it a priority to pay employees fairly and consistently, without discrimination on the basis of gender or race.

While organizations have made strides toward pay equality in the workplace, there’s still a lot of work to be done. While your organization may not be able to solve every issue on its own, there are steps that can be taken to create better pay equity and cultivate a work environment that will lead to more equitable outcomes for all people within your organization.

Who will Benefit

  • Senior Leadership
  • Human Resources Managers
  • Compensation Professionals
  • Operations Professionals
  • Recruiting Professionals
  • Managers & Supervisors

This activity has been approved for 1.15 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through HR Certification Institute (HRCI). Please make note of the activity ID number on your recertification application form. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at

This program is valid for 1.15 PDCs for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®

Your Instructor

Diane L. Dee
Diane L. Dee

Diane L. Dee, President of Advantage HR Consulting, has over 25 years of experience in the Human Resources arena. Diane's background includes experience in HR consulting and administration in corporate, government, consulting and pro bono environments. Diane founded Advantage HR Consulting in early 2016. Under Diane's leadership, Advantage HR provides comprehensive, cost-effective Human Resources solutions for small to mid-sized firms in the greater Chicagoland area.

Diane holds a Master Certificate in Human Resources from Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations and has attained SPHR, SHRM-SCP, sHRBP and HRPM® certification.

Diane is a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners and the Society for Human Resource Management. Additionally, Diane performs pro bono work through the Taproot Foundation assisting non-profit clients by integrating their Human Resources goals with their corporate strategies.

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