Massachusetts passes broad new pay equity law

August 03, 2016 0 COMMENTS

A new Massachusetts pay equity law going into effect on July 1, 2018, contains provisions that are much broader than current federal law and even prohibits employers from screening applicants based on their salary or wage history.

Although the law doesn’t take effect for nearly two years, employers are advised to start planning immediately in order to be in compliance on time.

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New executive actions target equal pay for women

April 08, 2014 2 COMMENTS

President Barack Obama is once again using executive action related to the pay American workers earn. A White House fact sheet says the actions are aimed at fighting pay discrimination and strengthening enforcement of equal pay laws.

In one action, Obama signed a presidential memorandum instructing Secretary of Labor Tom Perez to establish new regulations requiring federal contractors to submit more data to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The president wants the DOL to collect summary data on compensation paid to employees, including data by sex and race.

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Senate Hearing on Pay Equity May Discuss Paycheck Fairness Act

March 08, 2010 0 COMMENTS

A Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension (HELP) Committee hearing on pay equity, scheduled for Thursday, March 11, may revive discussion of the stalled Paycheck Fairness Act.

The Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 182; H.R. 11) was sponsored before the Senate in January 2009 by then-Senator Hillary Clinton and Representative Rosa DeLauro. Representative DeLauro will appear as a witness before the HELP Committee during the first panel of Thursday’s hearing.

The Paycheck Fairness Act, which passed the House in July 2008, would expand damages under the Equal Pay Act (EPA), allowing prevailing employees to recover compensatory and punitive damages for gender-based pay discrimination. The Act would also amend the Equal Pay Act to prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who share salary information with their coworkers.

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