State pay equity laws, in large part, have been a response to a perception that the federal government is not acting effectively or quickly enough to address gender and race pay gaps. Not surprisingly, several democratic presidential candidates have staked out platforms on how they will address pay inequities at the federal level – some
First introduced in Congress in 1997, and several times since, the Paycheck Fairness Act is again under consideration by Congress (S. 270/H.R. 7).
If enacted, the bill would attempt to close the gender pay gap by:
- Implementing a wage history ban
- With limited exceptions, employers would be prohibited from requesting or relying on the wage