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Gender-Based Pay Discrimination

House Hearing Examines EEOC's Regulatory and Enforcement Policies

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On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections held a hearing to discuss the direction of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The witnesses and lawmakers raised several topics...more

Impact of New Gender Pay Gap Reporting in the UK

by Locke Lord LLP on

Last month saw the coming into force of important new employment legislation in the UK, the Gender Pay Gap Regulations 2017 (“the Regulations”). In this article, we explain the reason for this new legislation and what it...more

Compensation-Related Information from Prospective Employees – Don’t Ask, Can Tell

by Dechert LLP on

New York City’s mayor signed legislation captioned, “Prohibiting Employers From Inquiring About a Prospective Employee’s Salary History” (Int. No. 1253-A) (the “NYC Salary Law”) on May 4, 2017. The NYC Salary Law amends the...more

The Suspense is Killing Me! What Big Labor Bills Will Make it Off the Suspense File?

by Fisher Phillips on

In the California Legislature, bills first are referred to the appropriate policy committee for hearing. Labor bills are referred to the Labor Committee, crime bills are referred to the Public Safety Committee, health bills...more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 5/15-5/19

by Fisher Phillips on

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week....more

Does the Ban on Salary History Inquiries Violate the First Amendment? Ruling on Philadelphia Bill May Impact New York 

by Fisher Phillips on

On May 4, 2017, New York City joined the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the City of Philadelphia when the Mayor signed legislation that bans employers from inquiring about the salary history of job applicants. These laws,...more

New York City Bans Employers From Requesting Salary History

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On May 4, 2017, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law a bill that will go into effect on October 31, 2017, and generally prohibits employers from inquiring about or relying on an applicant’s salary history. New...more

Employers Must Use Caution When Basing Pay Decisions On Prior Salary History

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Imagine a scenario where an employer hires two individuals – a male and female – to fill two identical jobs (i.e., same job qualifications and same job duties). Both individuals satisfy the educational, skill, and other...more

Gender Pay Gap Is Primarily A Result Of Personal Choices — So, What Can Employers Do?

A number of studies are showing that most, if not all, of the gender pay gap is explained by personal choices made by men and women. But how can employers protect themselves from claims of discrimination? The U.S. Bureau...more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 5/8-5/12

by Fisher Phillips on

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week....more

Ninth Circuit: Prior Pay Can Be Defense to Equal Pay Act Claim Under Certain Circumstances

by Morgan Lewis on

The court did not address the new California Fair Pay Act, which provides that prior pay is not a defense to pay claims, and its decision is not entirely consistent with other circuit courts of appeals on whether prior pay...more

Ninth Circuit Holds that Prior Salary Alone May Justify Pay Differential in Equal Pay Act Cases

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On April 27, 2017, the Ninth Circuit held that using prior salary alone may support differences in compensation under the Equal Pay Act as a “factor other than sex” if using prior salary was “reasonable”...more

School’s Out! Ninth Circuit Holds Prior Salary of Teachers Can Justify Pay Differentials

As schools across the country prepare for summer break, the Ninth Circuit overturned a lower court decision against the Fresno County public school district which had found that its pay practices were unlawful. Notably, the...more

The irregular thing about the Gender Pay Regulations…

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As reported in our article “It’s all change in employment law in April…”, private employers with 250 employees or more should have collated their relevant data on the first annual “snapshot date”, on 5 April 2017. These...more

"New York Requires Contractors to Disclose Employee Salary Data"

In January 2017, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued Executive Order 162 (the order) requiring state contractors to disclose the salary paid to employees who work on the contract. The order attempts to address disparity in pay...more

Businesses Challenge Philadelphia Law Prohibiting Inquiry into Prospective Employee’s Wage History

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Businesses banded together to challenge, on First Amendment and Due Process grounds, the pay equity Ordinance which would ban inquiries into prospective employees’ prior salaries. The Ordinance, which was...more

Effective Date of Philadelphia Wage Equity Bill Put on Hold

As you may recall, late last year we discussed a new Philadelphia law that banned private-sector employers from asking job applicants about their wage and fringe benefits history. The Wage Equity Bill, which was aimed at...more

Two New Rules for New York City Employers

by White & Case LLP on

Prohibition with Respect to Salary Histories - In an effort to combat gender pay inequality, New York City will join Philadelphia and Massachusetts in prohibiting employers from inquiring about the salary histories of...more

The City of Philadelphia Has Agreed To Stay The Enforcement of The Philadelphia Wage Equity Ordinance Pending Resolution of Court...

by Littler on

The City of Philadelphia has agreed to stay the enforcement of the Philadelphia Wage Equity Ordinance, which was to take effect on May 23, 2017, and be codified in the Philadelphia Code at Sections 9-1103((1)(i) and 9-1131. ...more

Legislation Limiting an Employer’s Ability to Inquire About and Consider Applicants’ Prior Salary History Gains Momentum

We had such a spirited panel discussion on pay equity at our Third Annual Employment Law Summit recently that we wanted to follow up with a post addressing the current state of play on pay equity legislation, particularly...more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 4/24-4/28

by Fisher Phillips on

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week... Recap of Legislative Bill Activity Last Week – The...more

And NYC Makes Three: Massachusetts, Philadelphia, and New York City Ban Salary Inquiries

New York City will soon become the third jurisdiction to enact laws barring employers from asking a job applicant about former salaries. The goal? To eliminate one of the alleged sources of wage disparities between men and...more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 4/17-4/21

by Fisher Phillips on

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week...more

Summing Up: Equal Pay

by Zelle LLP on

Last week’s observance of Equal Pay Day - and a review of the commentary it generated - has reminded us that gender-based pay disparity is a complicated topic, worthy of employers’ attention but difficult to put in...more

UK Government’s Gender Pay Gap Reporting Service is now live

by Morgan Lewis on

The Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 came into force on 6 April 2017, which require private businesses with at least 250 employees in the United Kingdom on the “snapshot date” of 5 April 2017 to...more

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