Happy New Year StartupBend friends! We hope you had a great holiday, and came back refreshed and ready for 2018. TAO Central Oregon is hitting the ground running in this new year, with an event to celebrate the passage of Oregon’s Equal Pay Law scheduled for Jan. 9.

Per the news release:

The law includes restrictions on salary history inquiries, expands existing remedies available to employees, and provides a safe harbor for employers that have voluntarily assessed their pay practices to identify and eliminate discriminatory pay practices.

Representatives of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) in will share their role in getting the legislation passed. Dana Barbato, founder and CEO of InvestiPro, will discuss how this impacts companies during their hiring process. Kurt Barker, Karnopp Peterson will be sharing the legal implications surrounding this act.

Teri Hockett, chair of TAO’s Women in STEAM committee says the goal of the event is to educate the community on their rights and responsibilities regarding the new law.

“Pay Equity is a multi-dimensional issue with solutions coming from the government via legislation, companies conducting a pay-equity analysis to assess and correct any wage disparities, and applicants learning how and when to effectively negotiate,” Hockett says.

The event will be one week from today, January 9, at 5:30 p.m. at OSU-Cascades Graduate Research Center, 650 SW Columbia St, Room 209, Bend, OR 97702. T

You can get your tickets available here.

A bit more about TAO Women in STEAM. This is a community-based organization working together to unify Central Oregon’s STEAM community and tip the scale in favor of a gender-balanced future. We recognize the challenges faced by women in STEAM fields and believe these can only be tackled by a gender-inclusive, collaborative approach.

Kelly Kearsley

Kelly Kearsley, the co-founder of StartupBend.com, is passionate about startups, entrepreneurship and Bend. In addition to writing this blog, she creates content and manages content projects for global financial companies, tech firms and startups. She began her career as a newspaper journalist and later worked as a freelance writer. Her work has appeared in WSJ.com, Money Magazine, CNNMoney, MSNBC and Runner's World. See her work at kellykearsley.contently.com or kellykearsley.com.

You can reach Kelly by email at [email protected].
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