Posts Tagged ‘Legislation’

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Minimum Wage Increase for More California Cities

Minimum Wage Increase for More California Cities

Beginning July 1, 2018, the minimum wage will change for many people working in California. As part of California’s statewide initiative to increase the minimum wage, Emeryville, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Malibu, Milpitas, Pasadena, San Francisco, Santa Monica, and San Leandro will see increases in their minimum wages. In locations such as Emeryville, the wage…

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California Continues to Map the Frontier of Pay Equity

In the absence of federal legislative activity addressing pay equity, states continue to take matters into their own hands. (See my blog on the federal Paycheck Fairness Act here). Few states are as proactive as California. With three new bills passing the Senate and Assembly in June, the Golden State aims to tackle various elements…

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As Summer Approaches, So Do New State Pay Equity Regulations

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As summer 2018 approaches, so does a host of new pay equity laws in several states. Beginning June 7, Washington state will prohibit pay discrimination for employees who are “similarly employed.” The law specifically states that job titles are not enough to substantiate a wage gap between men and women. It’s about the type of…

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Expect More Pay Equity Changes in 2018 [Update]

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Washington State has become the latest state to sign into law legislation that bolsters pay equity requirements for employees starting in june. The new law prohibits pay discrimination based on gender between employees who are “similarly employed,” and prohibits retaliation for certain workplace discussions that ask employees to disclose their wages. The state added a…

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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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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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Oregon Latest State to Focus The Microscope On Equal Pay

Oregon continues the trend of states becoming more assertive in addressing equal pay disparities

Oregon recently enacted the Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017 (the Act). The Act expands upon existing federal and state law to address persistent pay gaps between genders, races, and those in other protected classes by encouraging employers to proactively assess their pay practices. The majority of its provisions will become effective on January 1,…

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