Posts Tagged ‘Equal Pay’

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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Campaign to Close the Gender Gap Underway in California

More States and Cities Passing Salary History Bans [UPDATE]

A California state agency and some state officials have joined forces with a national women’s organization to persuade California based businesses to work with them to close the gender pay gap in the state. The California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, Office of the First Partner, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, California Labor Secretary…

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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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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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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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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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U.S. Women’s Soccer Equal Pay Lawsuit Sign of the Times

U.S. Women’s Soccer Equal Pay Lawsuit Sign of the Times

On International Women’s Day, the U.S. Senior Women’s Soccer Team filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) for gender discrimination. Considering the success of the women’s team on the international stage, the timing was fitting. The lawsuit is one of many examples of the growing unrest about the issue of…

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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Oregon State is Subject to its Own Equal Pay Law

Oregon State is Subject to its Own Equal Pay Law

As state lawmakers work to implement the state’s 2017 pay equity legislation before its January 2019 deadline, a lawsuit involving Cheyenne Ross and her employer, the State of Oregon, may be a harbinger of the challenges the state may face. Oregon has one of the more stringent equal pay requirements in the country, including measures…

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Canada Proposes New Equal Pay Act

Canada Proposes New Equal Pay Act

Canada is poised to join the trend of countries passing legislation to close the gender wage gap. In October, the Canada House of Commons held a “First Reading” or introduction of legislation entitled “ the Pay Equity Act.” The Pay Equity Act would require certain federally regulated public and private employers with 10 or more…

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California’s New Salary History Ban Is Signed into Law

With the signing into law of bill AB 2282 by Governor Jerry Brown, California continues to take an aggressive stance towards achieving the goal of equal pay for all workers, regardless of gender, race, or ethnicity. The new law amends the existing state salary history ban which came into effect January 1, 2018 (AB 168).…

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More States and Cities Banning Salary History Inquiries [UPDATE]

More States and Cities Banning Salary History Inquiries

It’s an unfortunate truth that pay disparities continue to exist in the U.S. workforce. The good news is that we are moving towards a future that is correcting that issue. Over the last two years, in an effort to alleviate the pay disparity between men and women across the U.S., some state,county and local governments…

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Equal Pay Action Rings Loudly in France

Equal Pay Action Rings Loudly in France

Europe is on the front line of the Equal Pay movement these days. Iceland this year became the first country to mandate that companies with 25 or more full-time employees must submit proof that both men and women are paid equally. This spring, organizations of 250 or more employees in the United Kingdom began providing…

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New Jersey Issues New Equal Pay Forms and Instructions

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The state of New Jersey has issued two new pay equity reporting forms to be filed by any employer, regardless of location, that enters into a contract with a public body to provide qualifying services or public work. The Annual Equal Pay Report for Qualifying Services Other than Public Works Projects form applies to employers…

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EEOC Enforcement Is Alive and Well in 2018

EEOC Enforcement Is Alive and Well in 2018

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has had a productive year with the filing of several employee discrimination lawsuits across the U.S., such as the disability discrimination case between lifestyle clothing retailer Pacific Sunwear of California (PacSun) and an 18-year-old student surfaced in Jacksonville, Florida. The EEOC’s lawsuit states that the 18-year-old student, John Sumner,…

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UK Sets Possible Example for US to Follow in Addressing Gender Pay Gap

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Effective April 5, 2017, the United Kingdom made reporting on the gender pay gap a requirement for organizations with 250 employees or more. The regulations mandate that organizations publish 12-month snapshots on their websites displaying where they stand in providing pay to men and women. The organizations also are required to upload this information to…

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New Jersey Governor Signs New Pay Equity Legislation into Law

New Jersey Governor Signs New Pay Equity Legislation into Law

In 1945, a member of the New Jersey state assembly named Dr. James O. Hill oversaw a radical change in his state’s legal landscape. Dr. Hill sponsored the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (“LAD”), one of the nation’s first comprehensive anti-discrimination laws. The overarching goal of LAD, as noted by the New Jersey Supreme Court,…

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Are You Sure Your Organization Provides Equal Pay?

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An unfortunate truth is that many employers are unaware of just how severe the divergence in pay can be between employees. Unequal pay is the silent killer of organizations because it eats away at employee morale. It makes some employees feel less valued because they are doing the same job as their peers, but are…

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Expect More Salary History Bans in 2018 [UPDATE]

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The issue of equal pay and pay protections for women and minorities has been gaining attention across the globe. At issue is the disparity in how pay is determined for men and women, and this that issue is addressed by employers. This study conducted by compensation software company Payscale of its users is revealing: •…

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Could Iceland’s New Equal Pay Law Make It in The U.S.?

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Equal pay amongst genders has been a topic of conversation in the United States and around the world for decades. Now Iceland has done something about it. The country has passed a law that more effectively enforces gender pay discrimination law. At the start of the new year, the Land of Fire and Ice became…

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Studies Show Gaps in Corporate Gender Diversity

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“Women remain underrepresented at every level in corporate America, despite earning more college degrees than men for 30 years and counting. There is a pressing need to do more, and most organizations realize this: company commitment to gender diversity is at an all-time high for the third year in a row. Despite this commitment, progress…

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Expect More Salary History Bans in 2018

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The issue of equal pay and pay protections for women and minorities has been gaining momentum. In the past few months, new pay equity laws went into effect in various parts of the country. More are expected to follow in 2018. In New York State, the Albany County Legislature unanimously passed a salary history ban…

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EEO-1 Form Revisions Remain A Point of Contention

Are The EEO-1 Form Revision Stays A Conspiracy?

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) put the new summary pay data requirements on hold in August, and many Democrats and equal pay advocates are expressing their displeasure. It was nearly a year ago that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) advised in its final revisions to the new EEO-1 Form, fields…

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Salary History Inquiry Ban Trending in the U.S.

The Salary History Inquiry Ban Is Gaining Momentum. Will It Go Nationwide?

When it comes to the application process, for many prospective employees it all comes down to pay. For years, the common practice for employers was to gauge their future employee’s salary based on their previous salary history in other jobs. However, as changes in the scope of work and length of time on the job…

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Salary History Ban Comes To San Francisco

Want to Check On Salary History? Not In San Fran

The trend in pay equity laws has continued to advance across the nation—from equal pay to anti-discrimination. Philadelphia, New York City, Massachusetts, Delaware, Oregon and Puerto Rico have already created their own laws surrounding equal pay and salary history over the last year. Now San Francisco becomes the latest city government to promote the issue…

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