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Bridging The Pay Equity Perception Gap

This year employees have vocalized what they want most from their employers, and pay equity is at the top of the list. In the modern labor market, there are two jobs for each worker, and organizations that wish to differentiate themselves from the competition must give workers what they’re looking for. Their biggest ask? Fair pay.

To further drive the need for employers to prioritize pay equity, many states, and federal agencies are requiring organizations to prove they pay fairly. From salary ranges in job listings to annual pay data reporting responsibilities, employers that don’t prioritize fair compensation will face significant waves of pay equity enforcement and experience further drought in an increasingly tight labor market.

As total rewards and compensation professionals evaluate their organization’s pay philosophy to align with evolving employee expectations and compliance with new laws, they must give special attention to the perception gap – a notion that speaks to the potential disconnect between what compensation data reveals and how employees feel about the organization's pay practices.

Join Trusaic’s Chief Legal Expert and pay equity expert Joanna Kim Brunetti for a discussion on the state of the labor market, the pay equity legislative landscape, and how to identify and resolve perception gaps within an organization. Joanna will outline what steps employers must take to achieve pay equity, close the perception gap, and develop an ongoing plan that prevents pay inequity from entering the workplace. In addition, she will identify tools organizations can leverage to ensure pay equity, attract and retain talent, and maintain compliance with new and forthcoming pay equity legislation.

Speaker Bio:


Joanna Kim-Brunetti, Esq. Chief Legal Officer, Trusaic

Joanna spearheads the company’s Affordable Care Act and Pay Equity auditing practices. She speaks about ACA Compliance and Pay Equity at conferences and provides her expert insight as a regular contributor to written publications such as Employee Benefit Adviser, Accounting Today, and The ACA Times.  She has also authored books published through the American Bar Association. 

Joanna, formerly a partner with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld LLP, has over 20 years of experience advising clients on a wide range of employment, tax, intellectual property, and other related business issues.

Joanna holds a B.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. from Loyola Law School (with honors). She is a former President of the Korean American Bar Association; Rising Star, Super Lawyers; and has held positions with various subcommittees of the American Bar Association and Federal Courts Coordinating Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

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