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What Employers Should Do Now to Comply With the Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017

by Lane Powell PC on

Equal Pay Act Overview - Oregon Governor Kate Brown recently signed the Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017 into law. Although Oregon law already prohibited gender discrimination in the payment of wages (e.g. paying men more than...more

As Federal Progress Stalls, State, Local and Private Initiatives March Towards Pay Equity

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Pay equity, the concept that gender differences should not affect compensation, is a concept easy to support, yet has been stubbornly hard to achieve. Federal law has become calcified in addressing the stubborn pay gap...more

Oregon Expands Pay Equity Protections

Oregon recently enacted the Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017 (H.B. 2005) (the “Act”). The Act broadly expands Oregon’s existing equal pay protections and imposes new restrictions on Oregon employers’ use of salary histories in...more

Federal Court Enters Judgment in Favor Of EEOC In Suit Charging Equal Pay Act Violation

Heritage Bank Violated Federal Law by Paying a Woman Less Than a Man, Federal Agency Alleged - ST. LOUIS - A Nebraska bank will pay $30,598 to a woman whom it unlawfully paid less than a man, pursuant to a federal court...more

New Laws for Oregon Employers to Observe from the 2017 Legislative Session

by K&L Gates LLP on

Now signed into law, House Bill 2005 (the “Equal Pay Act”) expands and addresses equal pay discrepancies among women, minorities, and other protected class employees. The Equal Pay Act makes it an unlawful employment...more

Predictable Work Schedules: Oregon Blazes a Trail

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Oregon is poised to become the first state in the country to require larger food service, retail and hospitality employers to provide their hourly workers predictable schedules – or to pay the price. This is the second of two...more

Employers Beware: What Not To Ask During A Job Interview

“What’s your current salary?” This seemingly innocuous question will soon get an employer in deep water in Massachusetts, Philadelphia and New York City, which have all enacted laws that prohibit an employer from questioning...more

Equal Pay, the Oregon Way

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Even as Oregon’s minimum wage jumps by $1.50 in the Portland metro area (fifty cents elsewhere in Oregon), the 2017 Legislature has passed two more worker-friendly bills dealing with equal pay and predictable work schedules....more

The Prior-Salary Defense and the Evolving Landscape of Pay Equity Law

by Bryan Cave on

The Equal Pay Act (“EPA”) requires payment of equal wages to employees of the opposite sex who perform equal work but recognizes four statutory defenses to a claim for pay discrimination. The last of those defenses is a...more

Employment Flash - June 2017

This edition examines recent labor and employment developments at the U.S. federal, state and local levels, including the House of Representatives' American Health Care Act and the Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act, the...more

Delaware and Oregon Join the Movement Banning Employers from Making Salary History Inquiries

by Baker Donelson on

Delaware and Oregon have joined Massachusetts and other local jurisdictions (like New York City, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh (currently in litigation)) by enacting laws that prohibit employers from inquiring about the salary...more

Trends in Pay Equity - Developments in California, New York, Massachusetts and Nationwide

by Payne & Fears on

The news abounds with discussions of fair pay and pay equity. This webinar covers new developments in California, New York, Massachusetts and elsewhere that pertain to employers in recruiting, promoting, and establishing pay...more

Oregon Enacts Expansive Pay Equity Law

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017 greatly extends pay equity protections to a variety of protected classes, prohibits employers from asking for applicants’ salary history, and expands existing remedies available to employees....more

Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017 – What Should Employers Be Doing Now?

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

On June 1, 2017, the Governor signed into law the Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017 (the Act), expanding the current law's protection against wage disparities among employees. Currently, Oregon prohibits discrimination "between...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: June 2017 #2

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, Uber remained in the headlines. The results of an independent investigation into harassment complaints at Uber were shared with Uber employees. The investigation examined 215 claims of harassment at Uber, and...more

EEOC Sues Heritage Bank For Paying Women Less Than Men

Nebraska Bank Violated Equal Pay Act, Federal Agency Charges - ST. LOUIS -- A Nebraska bank violated federal law by paying women and men unequally for jobs with the same required skill, effort, responsibility, and working...more

G4S Youth Services Sued by EEOC For Pay Discrimination

Female Facility Investigator Paid Less Than Male in the Same Position, Federal Agency Charges - LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - G4S Youth Services, a former manager of programs and services at a juvenile correction and detention...more

Prince George’s To Pay $145,402 And Increase Female Engineer’s Salary To Settle EEOC Pay Bias Suit

Court Ruled County Violated the Equal Pay Act, Federal Agency Says - BALTIMORE - Prince George's County, Md., will pay $145,402 and furnish significant equitable relief to settle a federal pay discrimination lawsuit, the...more

Oregon Enacts New Equal Pay Law that Includes Salary History Inquiry Restrictions

by Littler on

On June 1, 2017, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law H.B. 2005, also known as the Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017. This law includes restrictions on salary history inquiries, expands existing remedies available to...more

Midyear Peek: What Has The EEOC Been Up To In FY 2017?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Reviewing the EEOC’s case filings during the first half of the Commission’s fiscal year may already reveal some surprising trends, most notably a sharp uptick in the total number of case filings – up 75%...more

Are questions about a job applicant’s salary history fair game or off limits?

by McAfee & Taft on

Prior salary history is a common question asked of job applicants, both during interviews and on job applications. Until recently, employers likely would not have thought twice about asking a candidate the question, “How much...more

Time to Revise Your Job Applications: Oregon Prohibits Salary History Inquiries in Effort to Address Systemic Wage Inequality

by Stoel Rives LLP on

“Equal pay for equal work.” Everyone – employees and employers alike – can agree that no workers should be paid less than others simply because of their gender, race, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic. ...more

Ninth Circuit Confirms Prior Salary Can Be A Legitimate Factor Other Than Sex Under Federal Law

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Relying on salary history to justify differences in employee pay can be a valid defense under the Equal Pay Act, according to a recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Rizo v. Yovino,...more

Employment Law - May 2017 #2

One Day of Rest Mandated by California Supreme Court - Why it matters - Resolving a contentious issue of California law, the state’s highest court ruled that one day of rest is guaranteed for each defined workweek,...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: May 2017 #3

by Zelle LLP on

On Friday of last week, a ransomware cyberattack struck 45,000 targets in 74 countries, including organizations such as FedEx, Telefonica, and the UK’s National Health Service, which cancelled operations and diverted patients...more

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