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Oregon Enacts Expansive Pay Equity Law

The Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017 greatly extends pay equity protections to a variety of protected classes, prohibits employers from asking for applicants’ salary history, and expands existing remedies available to employees. House Bill 2005 also offers key protections and a safe harbor for employers. Click here to read the full article on this development and … Continue Reading

Third Time’s the Charm: California’s Proposals to Expand its Equal Pay Protections . . . Again

With amendments to the California Fair Pay Act (“CFPA”) in effect for less than six months, the state legislature has introduced three new bills to further expand the state’s equal pay laws. Past Salary History Inquiries Prohibited. Once again, the state legislature has proposed a bill to prohibit employers from seeking salary history from applicants.  … Continue Reading

Philadelphia Wage History Law Subject to Temporary Court Stay

Philadelphia’s Wage History Ordinance may not go into effect as scheduled on May 23, 2017. The ordinance, which prohibits employers from inquiring about the wage history of prospective employees is subject to a federal court stay pending resolution of a lawsuit for a preliminary injunction brought by the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia.  Click … Continue Reading

Business Community Requests Rejection of Revised EEO-1 Report Requiring Disclosure of Pay Data

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce (the “Chamber”), along with several business associations, has requested that the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) rescind its prior approval of the EEOC’s revised EEO-1 Report requiring disclosure of pay data information by gender, race, and occupational category due to the cost and time associated with compliance. The Chamber’s … Continue Reading

In Case You Missed It: Keeping Up with the California Fair Pay Act

As we recently blogged, the California Fair Pay Act (CFPA), barely a year old, was expanded to prohibit pay differences based on race or ethnicity between employees performing substantially similar work.   Effective January 2017, California employers are prohibited from paying differently employees who are performing substantially similar work, based on gender, race, or ethnicity. To … Continue Reading

New York City Approves Pay History Ban

On April 5, 2017, one day after Equal Pay Day, the New York City (NYC) Council approved legislation to ban employers from requesting or using job applicants’ salary when making hiring decisions. The law prohibits any NYC employer from asking about an applicant’s salary history or searching any publicly available records to obtain such information … Continue Reading

Today is “Equal Pay Day”

Tuesday, April 4, is Equal Pay Day, the day symbolizing how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year and observed by activists and advocates as an occasion to raise awareness about the gender pay gap. Several organizations offer suggestions on how to commemorate Equal Pay Day. … Continue Reading

Representatives Wear “Suffragette White” to Support Equal Pay and Other Women’s Issues

During President Trump’s first joint address to Congress, a group of democratic female Representatives wore “suffragette white” to shine the spotlight on issues related to women, including #equalpay. Congresswoman Katherine Clark from Massachusetts, who participated in the unified message, posted on her twitter account, “We’re wearing suffragette white at #JointSession as a pledge to fight … Continue Reading

California’s Expanding Fair Pay Act

The California Fair Pay Act (CFPA) took effect a little over a year ago (January 2016) but already has been expanded to: Prohibit the use of salary history alone to justify differences in pay; and Prohibit pay differences based on race and ethnicity (in addition to gender) between employees performing substantially similar work. Effective January … Continue Reading

Puerto Rico Enacts Equal Pay Law, Prohibits Employers from Inquiring about Past Salary History

Almost two months after signing sweeping employment law reform, Governor Ricardo Rosselló has signed Puerto Rico Act No. 16 of March 8, 2017, known as the “Puerto Rico Equal Pay Act.” Act 16 is effective immediately. Although modeled after the federal Equal Pay Act, Act 16 goes further, limiting instances in which employers can inquire … Continue Reading

Utah Moves to Foster Equal Pay for Women

Utah state senator, Jake Anderegg (R-Lehi), has introduced a multifaceted bill (S.B. 210)  – the “Employee Performance Act” – requiring equal pay for equal work.  According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Utah is one of six states without an equal pay law.  If passed, the bill would apply to Utah employers with 15 … Continue Reading

Join Us for the Upcoming Webinar “For California Employers, Pay Equity Keeps Getting More “Comp”licated”

Understanding the recent California Fair Pay Act amendments and the rising tide of equal pay claims is “comp”licated. Employers want to ensure they pay employees fairly and without discrimination. The latest broad expansion of California’s Fair Pay Act (CFPA) is making sure employers do that, and more. In January 2016, the CFPA, went into effect … Continue Reading

Pay Transparency: The Secret to Success?

The case for pay transparency was best epitomized by Lilly Ledbetter, namesake for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. She was unaware her male peers were paid more than her until she received an anonymous note telling her she was earning significantly less money than men in the same position. Since the enactment of the … Continue Reading

Is the White House Equal Pay Pledge Obsolete?

One of the Obama Administration’s more subtle and creative efforts to spotlight the gender wage gap essentially relied on peer pressure – the White House Equal Pay Pledge. By signing the Pledge, implemented in June 2016, companies publicly committed to prioritizing pay equity by: Acknowledging the critical role businesses must play in reducing the national … Continue Reading

SEC CEO Pay Ratio Rule May Not Survive under New Administration

Acting chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Michael Piwowar has indicated the controversial CEO pay ratio reporting rule may be on the chopping block. The rule, rooted in the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, requires publicly traded companies to disclose median employee compensation along with a ratio of how … Continue Reading