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‘Equal Pay for Team USA’ Act Reintroduced Ahead of Tokyo Olympics

Legislation recently reintroduced by Senators Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Shelly Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) joins a growing number of federal bills on pay equity for female athletes. The “Equal Pay for Team USA” Act of 2021, first introduced in 2019, would require equal pay for all athletes representing the United States in international sporting competitions, regardless … Continue Reading

Colorado Clarifies Rule on Remote Job Postings

The new Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act (EPEW) and Equal Pay Transparency (EPT) rules have been garnering a lot of attention in recent weeks. First, the litigation challenging the law has been dismissed following denial of Plaintiff’s request for a preliminary injunction. More recently, the law has been in the news in connection … Continue Reading

Rhode Island Enacts New Protections Against Pay Discrimination

Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee has signed into law new protections against pay discrimination. The new law, which goes into effect January 1, 2023, makes it unlawful to pay any employee less than the employees of another race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, age, or country of ancestral origin for … Continue Reading

Oregon Temporarily Allows Vaccine Incentives and Hiring Bonuses

The Oregon legislature has temporarily amended Oregon’s Equal Pay Act to allow employers latitude to both encourage COVID-19 vaccinations and to attract new employees as the state emerges from COVID-19 business restrictions. Under the revised statute, when evaluating whether employees who perform work of comparable character are paid equitably, a comparison of employee compensation may exclude … Continue Reading

Illinois Enacts Equal Pay Certification Follow-Up Amendments

Signed by Governor J.B. Pritzker into law June 25, 2021, new amendments to the Equal Pay Act of 2003 alter and clarify the practical implications of obtaining an equal pay registration certificate under the Act. A requirement enacted through Governor Pritzker’s signing an amendment to the Equal Pay Act on March 23, 2021, businesses with more … Continue Reading

Connecticut Amends Pay Equity Law, Requiring Disclosure of Wage Ranges to Applicants, Employees

Connecticut’s “An Act Concerning the Disclosure of Salary Range for a Vacant Position,” which goes into effect on October 1, 2021, imposes new requirements on Connecticut employers to disclose the wage range for vacant positions to both job applicants and existing employees. The new law also extends the prohibition on sex-based compensation discrimination to comparable as opposed … Continue Reading

Injunction Denied: Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act Stands (For Now)

Today, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado issued a long-awaited ruling on a motion to enjoin the recently enacted Colorado Pay Equity Transparency Rules. These rules were first proposed in September 2020, finalized in November 2020, clarified in December 2020, and became effective January 1, 2021. They are far reaching. But … Continue Reading

Starting Compensation and Pay Equity in California

As California moves toward a tentative reopening date of June 15, employers may be considering bulking up their workforce again. If hiring new employees, employers should consider the guidance issued by the California Commission on the Status of Women (“Commission”), regarding starting compensation. The guidance from the Commission first sets forth the applicable California statutes … Continue Reading

Women’s National Soccer Team Collective Action Against USSF: Settlement, in Part

A lawsuit brought by female professional soccer players against the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) may be settled, partly. In 2019, female professional soccer players on the United States Senior Women’s National Team, including well-known players like Megan Rapinoe, filed a collective action in federal court in California alleging the USSF violated the players’ rights … Continue Reading

New Illinois Legislation Targets Equal Pay; Requires Detailed Pay Report and New Enforcement Methods

An amendment to the Illinois Equal Pay Act of 2003 requires that, beginning March 23, 2024, employers with more than 100 employees in Illinois must certify compliance with the Equal Pay Act by obtaining an Equal Pay registration certificate from the state Department of Labor. Under the amendment signed by Governor J.B. Pritzker on March 23, 2021, businesses … Continue Reading

Patchwork of Pay Transparency Laws Continues to Evolve

State legislatures continue to pass laws designed to enhance pay equity and transparency, with the laws of California and Colorado effective in 2021. The California law requires employee pay data reporting by race and gender, and the Colorado law requires robust pay and promotional transparency. California Under California’s pay data reporting law (SB 973), most … Continue Reading

OFCCP Tagged for Pay Data Collection Role in Newly Proposed Paycheck Fairness Act

As yet another confirmation that pay equity will be a priority for the Biden-Harris administration, the proposed Paycheck Fairness Act has been reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives as H.R. 7.  The proposed legislation has a long history but has never been given a vote in the Senate – it last passed in the House of Representatives in 2019. … Continue Reading

California Publishes User Guide and Templates for Pay Data Reporting

California SB 973 requires employers that (1) file EEO-1 reports and (2) employ more than 100 employees to submit data to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) annually that shows pay by race and gender for their California employees. It was signed into law on September 30, 2020, and DFEH has been … Continue Reading

California Announces Pay Data Reporting Portal Will Open by February 15, 2021

California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) continues to advance toward the March 31, 2021 pay data collection deadline.  When SB 973 was passed in September, DFEH had six months to develop and implement a data collection system that could accomplish the task.  It is delivering.  DFEH issued its first guidance on November 2 … Continue Reading

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment Issues “INFO” Guidance on Promotional Opportunities and Job Postings

As anticipated, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) issued an Interpretive & Formal Opinion (INFO) – “Transparency in Pay and Opportunities for Promotion and Advancement”.  While the INFO is helpful in some respects, CDLE continues to take a hardline on the definition of “promotional opportunity”. We continue to digest the guidance but the … Continue Reading

Additional Clarification on Colorado Pay Transparency Rules Anticipated Soon

We have learned that the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment anticipates publishing next week additional guidance on the Equal Pay Transparency rules’ promotional posting requirements.  In response to a request for clarification around in-line promotions, the CDLE informed us: We believe your questions will be addressed by a forthcoming Interpretive Notice & Formal Opinions … Continue Reading

California Issues Additional Guidance on What Pay Data Reports will Require

The deadline for employers to comply with California’s pay data reporting requirement (Senate Bill 973) and submit pay data to the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) is March 31, 2021. The DFEH has launched an information page that provides needed clarity on certain obligations and has issued additional guidance on the pay data … Continue Reading

Final Rules Implementing Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Reflect Significant Changes

As anticipated, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has released final administrative rules implementing the new Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act.  The final rules reflect comments received in writing and during a live, virtual, public hearing held on November 2, 2020. Of primary concern to employers were the proposed rules’ job posting … Continue Reading

California Issues Guidance on New Pay Data Reporting Requirements But Leaves Some Questions Pending

At the end of California’s 2020 legislative session, Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill 973 (SB 973), which created pay data reporting requirements for employers starting in March 2021. However, the new legislation left some uncertainty for employers in several areas. The Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) promised in mid-October that it would be … Continue Reading

Public Comments Received on Proposed Rules Implementing Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act

On November 2, 2020, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employments’ Division of Labor Standards and Statistics held a public hearing to solicit comments about Colorado’s proposed Equal Pay Transparency Rules.  The proposed rules will implement Colorado’s New Equal Pay for Equal Work law that goes into effect January 1, 2021.  The hearing focused on … Continue Reading

Colorado Department of Labor Releases Proposed Rules Implementing Fair Pay for Fair Work Law

On September 29, 2020, The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment published proposed Equal Pay Transparency Rules (“EPT Rules”) providing guidance for implementation of the state’s new Equal Pay for Equal Work Law set to go into effect January 1, 2021.  They also published a corresponding Statement of Basis, Purpose, Specific Statutory Authority and Findings. … Continue Reading

Pay Data Reporting: California is the Tip of the Spear

In a continued effort to reduce gender and racial pay gaps, on September 30, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Senate Bill 973, which creates massive pay reporting requirements for employers.  In 2021, certain California employers will be required to submit annual information on its employees’ pay data by gender, race, and ethnicity to … Continue Reading

EEOC Announces Study of Collected Pay Data

In the next chapter of the EEO pay data collection story, the EEOC announced today it has contracted with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT) to, “conduct an independent assessment of the quality and utility of the EEO-1 Component 2 data for FY 2017 and 2018.” This is … Continue Reading
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