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Addressing Post-Election Tensions in the Workplace

As the extreme rhetoric of the 2016 presidential campaign slowly wanes, the divisions it exposed remain raw. Many Americans celebrate the election of President-elect Trump, while many others continue to express concern about...more

How The Gig Economy Might Just Advance Women’s Job Rights

Earlier this year, Arizona Congresswoman Martha McSally, announced the formation of a new working group, comprised of Ms. McSally and several of her Republican colleagues, called the “Working Group on Women in the 21st...more

EEOC Sues Spec Formliners for Pay Discrimination

Concrete Liner Company Failed to Pay Female and Male Sales Representatives Equally, Federal Agency Charges - LOS ANGELES - Spec Formliners, Inc., a Santa Ana, Calif.-based concrete liner company, violated federal law...more

Women now “working for free” until the new year

Gender inequality has been at the heart of the government’s agenda for 2016. However, despite the excitement of Christmas beginning to build, the stark reality of the ever-present gender pay gap is still a concern for many,...more

California Employment Law Update: What’s New for 2017

This is our year-end assessment of the most important developments for California employers. All of the new laws are effective on Jan. 1, 2017, unless otherwise noted. The California legislature once again had a busy...more

Illinois Department of Human Services to Revamp Retaliatory Policies and Procedures to Resolve EEOC Discrimination Finding

Federal Agency Found Class of Employees Illegally Required to Waive their Rights to Resolve Grievances - CHICAGO - The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), one of the largest agencies of the State of Illinois...more

New Laws Expand California’s Equal Pay Act to Include Race and Limit Use of Prior Salary

The Wage Equality Act of 2016 (Senate Bill 1063) expands California’s Equal Pay Act to target race and ethnicity-related wage differentials. This bill picks up where last year’s Equal Pay Act (which bolstered prohibitions on...more

California Employment Law Notes - October 2016

Newly Enacted California Statutes - Minimum Wage Increases - As of January 1, 2017, businesses with 26 or more employees must pay a minimum wage of $10.50 per hour; the rate increases to $15.00 per hour in 2022....more

Pay Equality: Law, Litigation, and the Gathering of Pay Data

Pay equity issues are hot. President Obama has made pay equity one of the hallmarks of his administration by signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, establishing the National Equal Pay Task Force, and championing the fight...more

Court Rejects EEOC’s EPA Lawsuit Theory

Seyfarth Synopsis: The EEOC sued an employer for Equal Pay Act violations, claiming that Maryland Insurance Administration failed to pay three female fraud investigators the same wages as comparable male fraud investigators....more

EEOC Releases Formal Guidance on Unlawful Retaliatory Conduct in the Workplace

After an extended public comment period, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”)—which is charged with enforcing federal employment discrimination laws—recently issued its final Enforcement Guidance on...more

University Of Denver Sued By EEOC for Sex-Based Pay Discrimination

University Paid Female Full Law Professors Significantly Less Than Male Counterparts, Federal Agency Charges - DENVER, Colo. - The University of Denver violated federal law by paying female employees lower wages than...more

California Legislature Adds Extra Set Of Teeth To Fair Pay Act’s Protections - New Law Extends Provisions To Race And Ethnicity

On September 30, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the Wage and Equality Act of 2016 (SB 1063) into law, which will prohibit employers from paying employees of one race or ethnicity a lower wage than employees of...more

EEOC Announces Approval of Revised EEO-1 Report

On September 29, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that starting in March 2018, it will collect summary employee pay data from certain employers on revised EEO-1 Reports. The announcement...more

Accountant and Attorney Liability Newsbrief - Fall 2016

Massachusetts recently amended its pay equity statute, which substantially enforces the protections of the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act. These changes will go into effect in July 2018. The prohibitions against discriminating...more

Pay Equity FAQs: Answers to the Questions That Keep You Up at Night

As employers are learning about the many trends and changes that are bringing pay equity issues to the fore, they are asking questions regarding what they can do to protect themselves from potential liability. This article...more

Don’t Show Me The Money

The Massachusetts Equal Pay Act (“MEPA”) has prohibited employers from paying men and women differently for “work of like or comparable character” since 1945, nearly two decades before the federal Equal Pay Act (“EPA”) was...more

The EEOC Issues New Enforcement Guidance On Retaliation

Seyfarth Synopsis: For the first time since 1998, the EEOC has updated its enforcement guidance on retaliation claims brought under the various anti-discrimination laws the Commission is charged with enforcing. Observing...more

The EEOC Is At It Again – New Enforcement Guidance On Retaliation Issued On August 29, 2016

On August 29, 2016, the EEOC issued new Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation which replaces its 1998 Compliance Manual section on retaliation. The Guidance also addresses the separate “interference” provision under the...more

EEOC Issues Final Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation and Related Issues after Public Input Process

Today the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its final Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation and Related Issues, to replace its 1998 Compliance Manual section on retaliation. The guidance also addresses...more

The Government Focus on Pay Equity

Wage gaps between the genders and among the races, although smaller than they were decades ago, remain significant in the United States. Among full and part-time workers, the median wages of women are 83% of the median wages...more

Mass. Pay Equity Law Brings Wave of Hiring Restrictions

Signaling a new era in employee pay equity, "The Act to Establish Pay Equity" will require Massachusetts employers to make sweeping changes in their pay and hiring practices. Among the most significant changes, the Act bars...more

What You Need to Know About Recent Amendments to Illinois’s Equal Pay Act

As of January 1, 2016, Illinois’s Equal Pay Act (the “Act”) expanded to prohibit all employers, regardless of size, from paying unequal wages to men and women for doing the same or substantially similar work, except if the...more

Massachusetts Beefs Up Its Pay Equity Law

Yesterday Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) signed into law amendments to the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act, M.G.L. c. 149, s. 105A, which were passed by unanimous votes in the state House and Senate. Although Massachusetts...more

Massachusetts Prepares to Toughen Pay Equity Requirements

The Massachusetts legislature has passed a bill to amend the state’s Equal Pay Act that would impose more rigorous equal pay obligations on employers by prohibiting certain conduct. Both house of the legislature (Senate and...more

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