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Big Data, Background Checks, and Discrimination

On May 4, 2016, the White House released a report entitled “Big Data: A Report on Algorithmic Systems, Opportunity, and Civil Rights” to herald its focus on discrimination in “big data” assisted personnel screening...more

California’s Fair Pay Act: Gender Equity Beyond Compare

Starting in January, California has rolled out Equal Pay Legislation 2.0—the new generation in equal pay legislation. It has become the first jurisdiction to adopt a true “comparable worth” standard for pay equity....more

Maryland’s Amendment Would Expand Equal Pay to Include “Gender Identity,” Strengthen Protections Along Other More Familiar Lines

As we noted in last week’s coverage of Equal Pay Day’s twentieth anniversary, the issue of equal pay has been drawing increasing attention from regulators, legislators and plaintiffs’ attorneys nationwide. Of particular...more

Equal Pay Efforts Falter at the Federal Level, Gain Traction Elsewhere

Earlier this week, Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Deb Fischer (R-NE) attempted to force passage of two pay-related bills. The promotion of dueling legislation was likely a symbolic nod to Equal Pay Day, commemorated on...more

The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team's Claim of Pay Discrimination Should Remind Employers to Pay Attention to Unequal Pay

Most employers know that they cannot discriminate on the basis of sex by paying lower wages to the opposite sex for equal work. But what is considered “equal work” can be challenging for employers, especially for those who...more

Equal Pay Day 2016:  Where Are We 20 Years Later?

April 12 2016 marked the twentieth anniversary of “Equal Pay Day,” which the National Committee on Pay Equity launched as a public awareness event in 1996 to symbolize how far into the year women must work to earn what men...more

California Wage & Hour: Employer Q&A

Recently, the California Labor Commissioner cited a residential care provider for multiple wage theft violations, including for failure to pay minimum wage and overtime. As a result of the Labor Commissioner’s...more

California DLSE Posts FAQs on New Fair Pay Law but Leaves Tough Questions Unanswered

Three months after the California Fair Pay Act took effect on January 1, 2016, the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (“DLSE”) has issued answers to FAQs about the new law, which by all counts is the most...more

California Governor Signs into Law New Bill Raising Minimum Wage to $15 per Hour

Not to be outdone by New York’s pending move to increase its minimum wage to $15.00 per hour for non-exempt employees in the coming years, on April 4, 2016, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that will...more

Who me? Yes, YOU: Personal Liability For Wage Hour Violations

With March Madness in full swing, we interrupt your crumbling tournament brackets to ensure you’re aware of a truly maddening development. California law now makes individuals potentially liable for employer violations of...more

The New Jersey Senate Passes Proposed Equal Pay Legislation

On February 11, 2016, the New Jersey Senate passed Bill S992, which seeks to supplement New Jersey’s current equal pay law and amend the State’s Law Against Discrimination. As discussed in our previous blog post, similar...more

Latest California Equal Pay Legislation Targets Race and Ethnicity

As California employers adjust to recent amendments to the state’s Equal Pay Act, additional changes are looming. As we reported, last year, California adopted the Fair Pay Act, which provides new pay equity provisions...more

The New EEO-1 Pay Reporting Burdens Employers

In conjunction with the seventh anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the EEOC and Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) proposed employers of 100 or more employees additionally report employee pay...more

EEOC Seeks to Tackle Pay Equity With Proposed EEO-1 Pay Data Requirement

Earlier this month, seven years after President Obama's historic signing into law of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) took a significant step toward enforcing the Obama...more

EEOC Plans to Target Gender Pay Gap by Collecting Pay Data from Large Employers

On January 29, 2016, nearly seven years after the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was enacted into law, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (the “EEOC”) announced a proposed revision to the Employer Information...more

Pay Equity Legislation: Not Just Gender Anymore

From high profile cases in Hollywood to the Silicon Valley, to high-profile legislation, gender pay equity has been top of the news in the past year. On January 1, 2016, the California Fair Pay Act – widely publicized as the...more

Cross-Border Trends: UK to Follow US Attack on the Gender Pay Gap

Following months of waiting the UK Government has finally published its draft regulations on the new “gender pay gap reporting” requirements in the UK. On publication of the draft regulations, the UK Government has asked one...more

EEOC to Collect Pay Data from Large Companies

If you read one thing... - The EEOC has announced a proposal to start collecting employee compensation information from companies with 100 or more employees, and is seeking comments, which are due by April 1,...more

Points & Authorities - Winter 2016

Attention California Employers: New Employment Laws Affecting Your Business Take Effect on January 1, 2016 - In past years the Governor of California has enacted new laws related to employment that place additional...more

New EEOC Equal Pay Reporting Proposal

On January 29, 2016, the seventh anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced its proposed addition of pay data to currently required EEO-1 reports. The...more

Pay Data Solicited by Administration to Advance Equal Pay

On January 29, 2016 President Obama announced his Administration was taking further action to advance equal pay goals for all workers by seeking better insight into discriminatory pay practices across industries and...more

Reducing the Risks of Pay Discrimination Claims: Employer Pay Equity Audits

With a proliferation of recent legislative changes and proposed regulatory changes, pay equity is going to be an issue for which employers need to prepare and face head on. Generally speaking, employers may be at risk for pay...more

EEOC Seeks Compensation Data to Address Pay Equity

On February 1, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued a notice to amend the EEO-1 form to require private employers and federal contractors with 100 or more employees to submit pay data to the...more

EEOC Proposes New Pay Data Reporting Requirements for Employers

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has published proposed revisions to the requirements associated with the Employer Information Report (EEO-1). The EEO-1 already requires employers with more...more

Is Your Pay Equity Up To Snuff? EEOC Plans To Start Collecting Pay Data, And Using It

On the seventh anniversary of President Obama's signing into law the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the President announced that not enough progress has been made to ensure that women and men are paid equally. In a...more

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