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New York: Women’s Equality Act Legislation

In 2013, Governor Cuomo proposed multiple pieces of legislation, dubbed the Women’s Equality Act (“WEA”), to protect and further women’s equality in New York state. The legislation has been signed and became effective last...more

New York Strengthens Equal Pay Protections

In October of 2015, the New York Legislature passed the Achieve Pay Equity Act (the Act) as part of the Women's Equality Agenda. 2015 N.Y. Lab. Law § 194 (McKinney), which can be found at...more

Retaliation Encyclopedia

The EEOC just released proposed enforcement guidance on retaliation, and at 73 pages, it has everything you ever wanted to know on the topic. This is the first time since 1998 that the EEOC has updated its guidance on this...more

[Event] The New California Fair Pay Act - Jan. 28th, Palo Alto, CA

You are invited to join Cooley's legal experts from our Employment & Labor group for a breakfast briefing on the new California Fair Pay Act, which will go into effect on January 1, 2016. According to its supporters, the Act...more

Stanley Martin Companies, LLC Will Pay $45,000 to Settle EEOC Sex Discrimination Suit

Homebuilder Paid Female Purchasing Manager Less than Males for Equal Work, Federal Agency Charged - WASHINGTON - Stanley Martin Companies, LLC, one of the largest homebuilders in the Mid-Atlantic Region, will pay...more

Gender in the workplace – equal pay and equal representation for women

According to a forecast by the World Economic Forum, if the current rate of change continues, the economic gap between men and women globally will not close before 2133. However, recent statistics published by the BBC show...more

Massachusetts Attorney General Investigations Open New Front in Equal Pay Battle

The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office recently issued a wave of information requests to employers in the Commonwealth seeking data on how companies pay their employees. Unlike familiar requests from the AG’s Fair Labor...more

Hearn-Kirkwood Will Pay $63,500 to Resolve EEOC Pay Discrimination and Retaliation Lawsuit

Food Service Distributor Unlawfully Disciplined and Later Fired Female Worker Who Complained about Unequal Wages, Federal Agency Charged - BALTIMORE -Gilbert Foods LLC, trading as Hearn-Kirkwood, a food service...more

California Equal Pay a Reality In 2016

California employers, prepare yourselves (again). The State has added a larger arrow to the plaintiff’s quiver – more equal pay. Decades before the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was implemented, California had a comparable...more

New York Expands Protections for Women with Passage of Women's Equality Act

On October 21, 2015, Governor Cuomo signed into law five bills that will provide greater protection for women in the workplace. These bills, which are part of the Women's Equality Act, strengthen New York's equal pay...more

New York State Passes Five New Laws to Effectuate Gender Equality in the Workplace

The New York State Legislature recently passed several pieces of legislation, all of which are intended to curtail gender-related employment discrimination. Among other things, this legislation strengthens existing laws,...more

New York State Employers Face Strict New Equal Pay and Sex Discrimination Laws

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed a series of bills entitled the “Women’s Equality Agenda” that significantly amend the State’s equal pay, sex discrimination, harassment and other laws to provide additional...more

Stronger New York Pay Equity Law to Take Effect in January 2016

New York employers take notice: an amendment to New York’s equal pay law (S.1/A.6075) was signed by Governor Cuomo on October 21, 2015. The law amends Labor Law Section 194, which prohibits pay differentials based on gender...more

House Panel Advances Bill to Clarify Joint Employer Standard

Following a series of congressional hearings on the National Labor Relations Board's Browning-Ferris decision, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce voted on Wednesday to advance a bill that would effectively...more

Employment Law - October 2015 #3

New California Employment Laws on Fair Pay, Waiver of Meal Periods - Why it matters: California continues its focus on employment-related legislation. Touted as the toughest law of its kind in the nation, Senate...more

New Women’s Equality Act Legislation Raises Bar for New York Firms

Last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law eight (8) bills forming the bulk of the Women’s Equality Act, originally introduced in the New York State Legislature in 2012. The legislation amends the New York Labor Law and the...more

Summary of Key New California Laws for 2016: What Employers Should Know

Governor Brown has signed several laws impacting California employers. A summary of some of the key new laws follows. The effective date of the particular new law is indicated in the heading of the Assembly Bill (AB) and/or...more

California Toughens Equal Pay Law

California employers may no longer pay employees of one sex less than employees of the opposite sex for substantially similar work. This is because, earlier this month, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill No. 358, the...more

There Can Be Two “Prevailing Parties” in a Single Wage & Hour and Equal Pay Act Lawsuit

On October 14, 2015, the California Second District Court of Appeal held in Sharif v. Mehusa, Inc. that both the employee and the employer can be deemed “prevailing party” for purposes of recovering attorneys’ fees under the...more

US Department of Labor Implements Final Rule Requiring Pay Transparency Among Federal Contractors

Executive Order 13665, signed by President Obama on April 8, 2014, prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating against employees or applicants because they inquire about or discuss their compensation...more

How to Prepare for the New California Fair Pay Act

Changes in the Act will increase the difficulty employers face in justifying pay differentials. On October 6, 2015, Governor Brown signed into law the California Fair Pay Act. The California Fair Pay Act amends Labor...more

Bipartisan CA Paycheck Fairness Bill Aims to Enhance Pay Equality and End Salary Secrecy

Wait. Doesn’t California already have an equal pay law? Well, yes. In fact, California has prohibited wage discrimination on the basis of sex since 1949, long before pay discrimination was prohibited by federal law. However,...more

California Governor Signs Gender Wage Equality Law

The California Fair Pay Act (FPA), a state law that codifies the principle that an employee is entitled to equal pay for equal work without regard to gender, has been amended with the passage of Senate Bill 358 (SB 358),...more

California Employers Will Face Significant New Equal Pay Law

California employers will soon be subject to a new equal pay law that will create a much stricter standard for gender pay equity. Passed by the state legislature with broad bipartisan support and signed into law by Governor...more

California Poised to Expand State Equal Pay Law

On Sept. 1, California’s legislature sent Senate Bill No. 358 (the “Fair Pay Act”) to Governor Jerry Brown for signature. The Fair Pay Act amends California’s existing Equal Pay Act (Labor Code section 1197.5) in several...more

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