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OFCCP Elects Ombudsman and Launches Contractor Assistance Portal

OFCCP Elects Ombudsman and Launches Contractor Assistance Portal

The latest announcements from the U.S. Deapartment of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) continue its efforts to improve transparency and services to federal contractors required to comply with federal regulations. The OFCCP filled the position of Ombudsman that it announced in September 2018. The new ombudsman service was created in an effort…

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EEOC Equal Pay Enforcement on the Rise

EEOC Equal Pay Enforcement on the Rise

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is not letting up on pay equity enforcement, as recent activity demonstrates. Two new gender-based discrimination lawsuits were filed by the federal agency in Maryland last month. In one of the cases, EEOC v Davis & Davis Enterprise, Inc., the federal agency alleges that a security guard firm pays…

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Get to Know Colorado’s Equal Pay for Equal Work Act

Get to Know Colorado’s Equal Pay for Equal Work Act

Several states and cities are passing laws to further bolster the federal Equal Pay Act. The PayParitySM Post is featuring some of these laws to provide insight into trends in pay equity compliance requirements as more of these laws are considered by states, counties, and municipalities. In this post, we look at Colorado’s Equal Pay…

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Law Firm Subject of Gender Pay Discrimination Lawsuit

Law Firm Subject of Gender Pay Discrimination Lawsuit

Even law firms and attorneys are not immune to equal pay issues. Six lawyers from Jones Day have filed a class-action lawsuit alleging an array of gender discrimination claims against the law firm, including pay discrimination, sexual harassment, and stifled advancement. Current plaintiffs and former employees Nilab Rahyar Tolton and Andrea Mazingo, in addition to…

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Minimum Wages Are Increasing Across America

Minimum Wages Are Increasing Across America

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders made a point of announcing that he raised the minimum wage for staffers working on his campaign to $15 an hour to make a statement. One might argue that this makes Sanders a trendsetter among his Democratic colleagues seeking the party’s nomination for president. However, it can be argued just as…

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Campaign to Close the Gender Gap Underway in California [UPDATE]

More States and Cities Passing Salary History Bans [UPDATE]

Gap, Intel, Cisco and First Capitol are among the 14 companies to take the California Pay Equity Pledge, bringing the total number of companies to 27, according to a press release issued by the Office of California Governor Newsom. Other companies who have signed on to the pledge include Apple, Uber, AT&T, Square, Zynga, Salesforce…

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A Pay Equity Audit Can Protect Organizations

A Pay Equity Audit Can Protect Organizations

A pay equity audit identifies pay differences between employees that cannot be explained due to job-related factors. It is a multi-disciplinary effort that requires extensive domain knowledge expertise in labor law across various jurisdictions, such as econometrics, statistics and statistical modeling, workforce data management, and knowledge of regulatory audit processes by agencies such as the…

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How an Equal Pay Case in the U.K. Could Affect Your Organization

How an Equal Pay Case in the U.K. Could Affect Your Organization

A court case in the U.K. could eventually have significant ramifications for employers in the U.S. The court case involves an equal pay claim brought forth by female employees of retail firm Asda, one of Britain’s leading retailers serving millions of customers through its U.K. network of stores and online services, including supercenters, superstores, supermarkets,…

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More States and Cities Passing Salary History Bans [UPDATE]

More States and Cities Passing Salary History Bans [UPDATE]

Progress to close the gender wage gap in the U.S. continues to spread. Some state, county, and local governments have joined the initiative to close the gender pay gap by passing legislation prohibiting employers from inquiring into candidate salary histories. Below are the latest to take action: Alabama: On June 11, 2019, Alabama signed an…

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Organizations Need to Take These Steps to Address Equal Pay

Organizations Need to Take These Steps to Address Equal Pay

The possible consequences for failing to comply with theEqual Pay Act and related state and local legislation are becoming more and more costly. If you are like most employers, you are behind in the effort to achieve pay equity within your organization. Many employers are starting to recognize that the movement to obtain equal pay…

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What to Do if the EEOC Receives a Charge of Discrimination Against Your Company

As momentum builds across the nation to end anti-discriminatory practices in the workplace, many companies may experience some anxious moments if they receive notice that a Charge of Discrimination has been filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Employees or former employees who feel that they have been discriminated against in the workplace are…

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Ireland to Require Employers to Publish Gender Pay Gap Information

Ireland to Require Employers to Publish Gender Pay Gap Information

Members of the Irish government have submitted legislation the national parliament to amend the Employment Equality Act 1998 to provide greater transparency into the country’s gender wage gap. Similar to current regulation in the UK, the Gender Pay Gap Information Act 2019 will require employers with 250 employees or more to comply with the new…

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Disney Accused of Violating California Equal Pay Act

Disney Accused of Violating California Equal Pay Act

Two female employees of The Walt Disney Company have filed a class-action lawsuit against the company in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The lawsuit alleges that the entertainment giant has violated the state’s equal pay act by paying their male colleagues more for doing similar work. Andrus Anderson, the San Francisco law firm representing the…

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Pay Equity Affects Us All

Pay Equity Affects Us All

Employers are being challenged by the growth in the number of pay equity laws and regulations being approved by state, regional, and local governments across the country. Entire states have been passing similar laws to help combat the pay disparities that exist between men and women as well as between employees of different races and…

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New Jersey’s Equal Pay Act Ruled Not to be Retroactive

New Jersey’s Equal Pay Act Ruled Not to be Retroactive

The recently enacted Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act in New Jersey has been ruled not to be retroactive by a federal court, but the ruling leaves open the possibility that state courts may decide differently. The ruling came at the closing of a case involving Darla Perrotto and her former employer, Morgan Advanced Materials…

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EEO-1 Pay Data Reporting Deadline Confirmed [UPDATE]

EEO-1 Pay Data Reporting Deadline Confirmed

EEO-1 snapshots for pay data reporting for the 2017 and 2018 tax years will need to be submitted by September 30, 2019. The deadline was set in an order by a Washington D.C federal judge in April, with the pay reporting data periods confirmed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) last week. The…

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How Some States and Localities Are Expanding the Definition of “Protected Class”

How Some States and Localities Are Expanding the Definition of “Protected Class”

The definition of “protected class”—groups of people that share a common, legally protected characteristic—is in a state of expansion. New state laws and municipal ordinances provide insight into how we may see “protected classes” continue to develop. The question of who falls into a protected class (sometimes referred to as “protected group”) is determined by…

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Gender Pay Gap Can Limit Career Advancement for Women

Gender Pay Gap Can Limit Career Advancement for Women

A report from the ADP Research Institute found that women entering jobs at lower pay than their male peers may find their career advancement limited. The reason? Companies fear that promoting these women employees may reveal a pattern of significant disparity in total compensation when compared to their more highly compensated male peers. The report,…

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EEOC Sees Increase in Gender Pay Discrimination Cases

EEOC Sees Increase in Gender Pay Discrimination Cases

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released detailed statistics for the more than 76,000 charges of workplace discrimination the agency received in fiscal year 2018, which ended on September 30, 2018. The EEOC reported in a press release that it resolved 90,558 charges of discrimination and secured $505 million for discrimination victims working…

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The Gender Pay Gap – Just How Bad Is It?

The Gender Pay Gap - Just How Bad Is It?

How bad is the gender pay gap in America? The answer is bad, with how bad depending on which report you agree with most. The Census Bureau and its annual report on income and poverty is the most often referenced to quantify the gender wage gap. Each year, as part of this report, the Census…

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South Carolina Pay Equity Bill Under Consideration

South Carolina Pay Equity Bill Under Consideration

South Carolina state legislators are considering a bill that, if passed, would be the first to bolster all of the protections of the federal Equal Pay Act. The proposed bill, “An Act to Establish Pay Equity,” asserts that South Carolina has one of the largest pay gaps in the nation. A 2017 study from the…

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EEOC Promotes Equal Pay Enforcement Activities

EEOC Promotes Equal Pay Enforcement Activities

For Equal Pay Day this year, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued an update on its enforcement activity, highlighting on the penalty assessments for the 2018 FY. In particular, the EEOC stated that for the 2018 FY, the agency collected nearly $15 million from cases involving equal pay violations: $10.5 million for resolving administrative…

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OFCCP Releases 2019 CSAL Schedule

OFCCP Releases 2019 CSAL Schedule

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has released a Corporate Scheduling Announcement List (CSAL) for the 2019 fiscal year for 3,500 establishments. This is the first time OFCCP issued the list only through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) library. Previously, OFCCP mailed individual corporate scheduling announcement letters (CSALs)…

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It’s Time for Equal Pay in America

It’s Time for Equal Pay in America

If you see red today, it’s not by accident. Women across the country are being encouraged to wear red today, Equal Pay Day, as a reminder of the significant gender wage gap that exists in America. The National Committee on Pay Equity, a coalition that has been working to eliminate sex-and race-based wage discrimination and…

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Democrats Push for Passage of Paycheck Fairness Act [UPDATE]

Democrats Push for Passage of Paycheck Fairness Act

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have reintroduced and passed the Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA). Will 2019 be the year we see the bill become law? It just may be. Hoping to capitalize on their majority in the House of Representatives, Democrats have introduced the PFA for the eleventh time and passed the legislation…

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Get to Know New Jersey’s Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act

Get to Know New Jersey’s Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act

Several states and cities are passing laws to further bolster the federal Equal Pay Act. The PayParitysm Post is featuring some of these laws to provide insight into trends in pay equity compliance requirements as more of these laws are considered by states, counties, and municipalities. In this post, we look at New Jersey’s Diane…

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Get to Know the San Francisco Equal Pay Ordinance

Get to Know the San Francisco Equal Pay Ordinance

Several states and cities are passing laws to further bolster the federal Equal Pay Act. The PayParity Post is featuring some of these laws to provide insight into trends in pay equity compliance requirements as more of these laws are considered by states, counties, and municipalities. In this post, we are looking at San Francisco’s…

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EEO-1 Pay Data Reporting Back in Play

EEO-1 Pay Data Reporting Back in Play

A federal judge in Washington D.C. has lifted the stay of The U.S. Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB ) stay on pay data requirements for EEO-1 reporting. The stay was lifted on March 4, 2019, putting employers in the awkward position to now have to report on pay data when submitting their EEO-1 reports…

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Riot Games Reacts to Gender Discrimination Litigation

Riot Games Reacts to Gender Discrimination Litigation

Software company Riot Games is facing a class-action lawsuit for sexual harassment and gender discrimination. The company has responded with an amended list of core values and a transparent roadmap for improving the culture in the workplace. The class action lawsuit was filed by one current and one former employee of Riot Games in early…

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OFCCP Initiates a New Voluntary Compliance Program

Contractors Can Avoid Compliance Evaluations with VERP

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has issued Directive 2019-04, initiating a Voluntary Enterprise-wide Review Program (VERP) aimed at blending the OFCCP’s compliance evaluation and assistance activities with federal contractors’ own corporate compliance programs. The reward for voluntary participation is that VERP contractors will be excluded from the pool…

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Wage Gap Not Diminishing in Quest for Equal Pay

Wage Gap Not Diminishing in Quest for Equal Pay

Women are not gaining ground in the effort to achieve equal pay, and they may be falling behind in the U.S. However, the trends point to the effort to provide equal pay for women to be successful. It’s only a matter of time. Recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that despite efforts put…

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Get to Know Oregon’s Equal Pay Act of 2017

Get to Know Oregon’s Equal Pay Act of 2017

Several states and cities are passing laws to further bolster the federal Equal Pay Act. The PayParity Post is featuring some of these laws to provide insight into trends in pay equity compliance requirements as more of these laws are considered by states, counties, and municipalities. In this post, we are looking at Oregon’s Equal…

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OFCCP Lawsuit Against Oracle Highlights the Financial Risk of Not Complying with Equal Pay Regulations

OFCCP Lawsuit Against Oracle Highlights the Financial Risk of Not Complying with Equal Pay Regulations

The pay discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFFCP) against tech giant Oracle is back in the news after the federal agency sought leave to file an amendment to the original complaint. At risk are $100 million in federal government contracts that the OFFCP is asking…

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2018 EEO-1 Reporting Deadlines Extended

2018 EEO-1 Reporting Deadlines Extended

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has postponed the opening of the online portal for EEO-1 Report until March 2019. In accordance with this delay, the filing deadline to submit an EEO-1 Report for the 2018 tax year has been extended to May 31, 2019. The data that needs to be provided as part…

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Get to Know San Diego’s Equal Pay Ordinance

Get to Know San Diego’s Equal Pay Ordinance

Several states and cities are passing laws to further bolster the federal Equal Pay Act. The PayParity Post is featuring some of these laws to provide insight into trends in pay equity compliance requirements as more of these laws are considered by states, counties, and municipalities. In this post, we are looking at the city…

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OFCCP Issues Contract Requirement Exemptions for Alaskan Earthquake and California Wildfires

OFCCP Issues Contract Requirement Exemptions for Alaskan Earthquake and California Wildfires

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFFCP) has issued additional temporary contracting requirement exemptions for new contracts following the aftermath of the Alaskan Earthquake and California Wildfires. The exemptions state that new federal contractors and subcontractors will be exempt from having to develop written affirmative action programs under Executive…

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Equal Pay Laws Creating Patchwork of Regulatory Requirements

Equal Pay Laws Creating Patchwork of Regulatory Requirements

The push for equal pay is becoming a global initiative. It could be argued that the U.S. is playing catch-up both on the global stage and at home, where states and cities are moving assertively to address the equal pay issue. As with any issue where state and local governments start taking the initiative, as…

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Achieving Equal Pay Requires Everyone’s Involvement

Achieving Equal Pay Requires Everyone’s Involvement

It’s a bit mind boggling, but it encapsulates how much work needs to be done to achieve equal pay in the U.S. A new study by AAUW found that in a comparison of occupations with at least 50,000 men and 50,000 women in 2017, 107 out of 114 occupations had statistically significant gaps in pay…

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EEOC Enforcements Efforts Focus on Sexual Harassment [Update]

EEOC Enforcements Efforts Focus on Sexual Harassment

Fiscal year 2018 saw the most enforcement litigation activity by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) than any year in the agency’s history since it was formed as part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Those organizations that thought the level of EEOC enforcement activity would be slowing down under a Trump Administration may…

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