Generating Pay Equity: Realizing the Benefits of the California Fair Pay Law
Understanding and implementing The California Fair Pay Act


$20 Registration Fee

California leads the nation in acting to end pay inequities among people doing the same work.

The California Fair Pay Act, which went into effect in January 2016, requires all employers to pay employees performing “substantially similar work” the same wage regardless of their sex, race or ethnicity. This law also requires employers to provide compensation information to employees seeking to assess pay equity and prohibits the use of employee salary history to justify differences in pay between workers.

The Pay Equity Task Force of the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls has been working since 2016 to engage employers and employee advocates to support meaningful compliance with the new law.

This conference will help employers to understand why and how they can achieve compliance with and benefits of the California Fair Pay Act. It will bring together experts on the causes and consequences of pay inequity, business leaders on the vanguard of efforts to institute pay equity, and members of the Pay Equity Task Force to facilitate employers’ efforts to equalize pay policies and practices.

Register now, the $20 fee includes luncheon.

8:30 – 9 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks
CA State Senator, Hannah-Beth Jackson (author of the California Fair Pay Act) 
Rao Unnava, Dean and Professor, UC Davis Graduate School of Management

9 – 10 a.m.

Opening Keynote Talk, What Generates Pay Inequity?
Heidi Hartmann, President of the Washington-based Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Economist in Residence at American University, and Editor of the Journal of Women, Politics & Policy. What Generates Pay Inequity? [abstract]

10 - 10:15 a.m.


10:30 a.m. – Noon

Panel Presentations: What Sustains Pay Inequity?

This panel of scholars will discuss current research findings about the potential causes of pay inequity across gender and race. Their discussions will cover the roles of subtle bias, organizational promotion practices, and firm differences in turnover rates in creating and sustaining pay inequities.



George Banks, UNC, CharlotteLeadership and Pay Inequity [abstract]

Crystal Hoyt, University of RichmondSubtle Bias and Perceptions of Unfairness at Work [abstract]

JP Ferguson, Stanford University – Racial Segregation and Pay Stratification at Work [abstract]

Noon – 1 p.m.


1:00 - 3 pm

Workshop: Complying with New Provisions of the California Equal Pay Act

This panel session will help organizations to understand and comply with the new California laws on pay equity.  Panelists will address questions such as: What does the California Fair Pay Act require of employers?  What tools are available to assist employers in their efforts to find and fix pay inequities?  What “best practices” are recommended by the business leaders on the forefront of pay equity issues? 


Sharon Koay, Director of Compensation, Blue Shield of California

Doris Ng, Staff Counsel, California Labor Commissioner’s Office

Marie Romero, Director of Talent Acquisition, Blue Shield of California

Jeanna Steele, Head of Litigation & Assistant General, Sunrun Inc.

Jennifer Manuel, Founder & CEO of Via Consulting Group

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