Santa Clarita - What is "Fair"? - Complying with California's Fair Pay Act
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When: Thursday, August 11, 2016
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Where: Embassy Suites Valencia
28508 Westinghouse Place
Valencia, California  91355
United States
Presenter: Dawn Irizarry
Contact: Pam Blackman, MS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

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What is "Fair"? - Complying with California's Fair Pay Act 


Like many California employment laws, the Fair Pay Act is one of, if not the strictest law of its kind in the country. The requirements under the new law, which became effective on January 1, 2016, differ in many respects from California’s previous Equal Pay Act and significantly expand employers’ duties to eliminate wage gaps based on sex. California employers should be prepared for a surge in litigation under the new law. In addition, because the Fair Pay Act leaves many questions unanswered, it is all the more important for employers to follow best practices, not only to comply with the new law, but also to avoid costly litigation.

This session is designed to provide information to in-house counsel, HR professionals and business owners about the potential financial and legal implications of the Fair Pay Act, as well as critical steps to avoid potential liability.

We will discuss:

  • How the Fair Pay Act interacts with other state and federal laws, such as Title VII, FEHA, and the federal Equal Pay Act
  • The requirements, definitions, burdens of proof, and damages available under the law
  • The ambiguities under the law and tips for compliance in light of these ambiguities
  • Special issues and concerns for particular employers
  • Recent litigation initiated under the Fair Pay Act and what to expect if sued under the law, including evaluating the risk of class actions and representative actions under PAGA
  • Best practices and strategies for compliance, with tips for small and large employers.


Program Agenda 

7:30am - 8:00am - Registration and Networking
8:00am - 9:30am - Program 


Dawn Irizarry, Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger, LLP 

Dawn Irizarry is a member of Senior Counsel for Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger, LLP. She has substantial experience representing management in all phases of civil litigation involving claims of sexual harassment, unlawful discrimination, hostile work environment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, defamation, failure to accommodate and other employment-related disputes before federal and state courts, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and state civil rights enforcement agencies, as well as through private mediation and binding arbitration.

Dawn has also represented a number of financial institutions before the National Association of Securities Dealers and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. In addition, she regularly counsels employers regarding personnel policies, employee discipline and terminations, employment contracts, pregnancy and other medial leaves of absence, separation agreements, employee benefits issues and internal employee complaints.

Dawn has also served as a guest speaker for large and small groups of employers and lectured on updates in employment law, the importance of drafting and maintaining employee handbooks, and how to stop sexual harassment before it begins.




This program has been approved for 1.25 Professional Development Credits (PDCs), towards SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP, through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).




This program has been approved for 1.25 California-specific credit hours through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute homepage at

The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met the HR Certification Institute's criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.




Embassy Suites Valencia
28508 Westinghouse Place
Valencia, CA 91355 


Registration Rates 

Category Pre-Registration Onsite
PIHRA Member $39 $44
Guest/Nonmember $54 $59
PIHRA Member In-Transition $20 $20
PIHRA Student Member $20 $20

Online registration closes on Thursday, August 11, 2016. Registrations after this date will only be taken onsite.
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