Guide: Structure and check for pay equity

Introduction

Designing and auditing fair pay practices are steps organizations everywhere can take to create more equitable workplaces. The gender pay gap is a well-documented, well-researched, and persistent problem. The systemic underpayment of women chips away at fairness and equality and may have a real economic impact.

To set and check for fair pay practices, organizations should consider these actions:

  1. Set a compensation philosophy. Your philosophy guides how you award compensation.
  2. Structure compensation processes and pay for the role. Structure provides a framework for compensation decisions, such as paying for the role and thereby supporting equal pay for equal work.
  3. Run a pay equity analysis. Once the two pieces above are in place, check to make sure the system is working as intended by conducting regular and rigorous analyses.

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