Berkshire Interprets the Ledbetter Act—Liability Increases for Companies Nationwide

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HR Experts Partner with Law Firm to Share Solutions to Mitigate Risk

The amendment considers each discriminatory compensation decision or practice, even if unintentional, to be unlawful. This increases a company's exposure to pay-related lawsuits and claims. Now is the time for company’s to take action to protect themselves.

Berkshire Associates, a leading provider of human resources services, software, and training has interpreted the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and is partnering with Baltimore-based law firm, A. Jai Bonner, P.C., to share its recommendations on how companies should handle the latest impact on fair pay policy.

On January 29, 2009, The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was signed into law by President Obama, effectively overturning a 2007 U.S. Supreme Court decision saying employees had only 180 days from the date of the first discriminatory paycheck to file a lawsuit. The new law now resets that time limit with every paycheck. Berkshire’s compensation expert, Michele Whitehead, PHR, states, “The amendment considers each discriminatory compensation decision or practice, even if unintentional, to be unlawful. This increases a company's exposure to pay-related lawsuits and claims. Now is the time for company’s to take action to protect themselves.”

Berkshire’s Lilly Ledbetter Legislative Update Seminar, scheduled for March 18 and 22, will help companies interpret the immediacies of the Ledbetter Act. By partnering with A. Jai Bonner, P.C., Berkshire will give attendees a more comprehensive understanding of the legal aspects of the act, along with the tools to safeguard their companies. The Ledbetter seminar will cover the following topics:

  •     Background of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
  •     Significant Implications for Employers
  •     Conducting a Compensation Audit
  •     Identifying Pay Disparities
  •     Suggestions for Mitigating Risk

Interested parties can go to berkshireassociates.com/ledbetter to register for the seminar. To set up an interview with an expert consultant or receive more information on Berkshire’s Ledbetter seminar, please contact Lauren Perry at 800.882.8904, ex.1307 or email laurenp (at) berkshireassociates.com.

About Berkshire Associates:
Berkshire Associates Inc. is a progressive human resources consulting and software development firm that assists organizations with building a balanced and equitable workplace. For over 25 years, Berkshire has been committed to helping companies of every size find cost-effective solutions to everyday human resources challenges. We offer innovative solutions in the areas of applicant management, compensation management, affirmative action, workforce planning, diversity, and professional training.

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