Pay Equity – Implications and Opportunities

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Hosted By: Staffing Management Association of Southern New England
Date: September 27th, 2018

  • 8:30AM: Registration, Networking and Continental Breakfast
  • 9:00AM: Association Updates
  • 9:15 -11:00AM: Presentations and Discussion

Registration Click Button Below & follow directions. Registration Deadline will be Tuesday, 9/25. No Walk-Ins Allowed Due To Security.
Location: Aetna – 151 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, Conference Center
Cost: $20 for CTRA and SMA members; $30 for Guests
Parking: Parking is available at the Aetna campus—Cost is $2.50/hour



CTRA and SMA would like to invite Total Rewards and HR professionals to join us and learn about legislative and strategic trends in addressing pay equity in today’s highly competitive labor market. We will explore national trends and Connecticut’s new pay equity law which takes effect on January 1, 2019. We will also explore the potential implications and challenges for local and multi-state employers in the context of strengthening your total rewards value proposition. Additional legislative action on this delicate topic is a possibility, depending on November’s election results. Please join us for an insightful exploration of this issue.

This event has been approved for 2 hours of SHRM and HRCI credits.


Garry Straker – Area Vice President, Gallagher

Total compensation professional (health & benefits, compensation and human capital) with 20 years consulting experience to a diverse range of clients including closely held businesses in various sectors, higher education institutions and non-profit entities. Garry has a long track record of providing employee benefits and compensation consulting services to help design total rewards programs that align financial, business and stakeholder interests to successfully attract, retain and motivate talented people. He focuses on helping clients develop sustainable, market competitive total compensation programs designed to support and achieve organizational goals.

Garry is an ISCEBS Fellow, licensed insurance consultant and holds a Compensation Management Specialist (CMS) certification. Garry was previously a founding partner of PSL Consulting, an independent compensation and benefits advisory firm in Glastonbury CT, and Principal Partner at Chernoff Diamond, a New York based Human Capital consulting firm. He is an active member of ISCEBS (International Society of Employee Benefits Specialists), WorldatWork, and CUPA-HR. He is a board member of the Colonial Total Rewards Association and the Boston ISCEBS Chapter. Garry has presented on human resources, compensation and employee benefit topics at national and regional conferences. He holds a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from the University of Connecticut.

Victoria (Tory) Woodin Chavey –Principal, Jackson Lewis

Victoria (“Tory”) Woodin Chavey is a Principal in the Hartford, Connecticut, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. An experienced trial lawyer, she has represented employers for nearly 20 years on a wide range of employment issues, from single-plaintiff discrimination cases to discrimination class actions and wage and hour cases.

Ms. Chavey appears regularly in state and federal courts in Connecticut, as well as New York and other Northeast states. She frequently defends claims in arbitration and at state and federal administrative agencies, and has argued appeals in the Connecticut Supreme Court and the United States Courts of Appeals for the First and Second Circuits.

Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Ms. Chavey was a partner in the Hartford office of Day Pitney LLP, where she had served as department chair. In law school, she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Boston University Law Review. Following graduation, she served as a law clerk to Thomas J. Meskill, senior judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and as law clerk to Ellen Ash Peters, chief justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court.

Neal Murphy — Sr. Director & Counsel, Aetna

Neal Murphy is Senior Director and Counsel at Aetna responsible for all aspects of domestic employment law for Aetna, which now has nearly 50,000 US employees. Mr. Murphy manages a team that counsels Aetna in all aspects of employment and labor law, including the development and implementation of proactive policies, wage and hour, discrimination, leave, non-competition, whistleblower and public policy, and many other areas. He represents Aetna before all federal and state administrative agencies and also manages an extensive portfolio of employment-related litigation including discrimination, wage and hour, class actions, unfair competition and many others. Prior to working for Aetna, Mr. Murphy worked in-house for other Fortune 500 employers in these areas and also devoted considerable time to collective bargaining and all matters connected to the National Labor Relations Act. He is a graduate of Cornell University’s college of Industrial Labor Relations and received his J.D. from the Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, NH

Mr. Murphy is an active participant in the Equal Employment Advisory Counsel and other organizations that focus on labor and employment law for corporations. He has been an active participant in Aetna’s Pro Bono’s lawyers’ project and other charitable projects in the Greater Hartford Area


  1. Marc Kroll on August 31, 2018 at 9:10 AM

    Sure to be a good starter for discussion on pay equity…this subject will occupy HR professionals for a long time to come.