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Womenomics: Boosting global growth

The economic case for gender equality in the workplace couldn't be stronger: An overwhelming body of evidence shows that when there is a better gender balance in the boardroom and more women in the workforce, companies...more

Employment Law Commentary, August 2016 - Massachusetts Passes Gender Equity Law – A Harbinger Of Things To Come?

On August 1, 2016, Massachusetts became the first state to pass a law barring employers from asking applicants to disclose their salary history before offering a job. Proponents of Massachusetts’ bipartisan legislation hope...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: August 2016 #5

Last week, we were reminded of the impact of the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division enforcement activities. The agency announced that National Freight, Inc. will pay more than $1,000,000 in back wages to 359 workers...more

Blog: Some Successful Approaches To Increasing Board Gender Diversity

A lot has been written about the benefits of gender diversity on boards. As discussed in Bloomberg, while “[e]quality is a worthy goal on its own terms, of course….for the corporate world, the better rationale for gender...more

New Massachusetts Law Prohibits Employers from Asking Applicants About Salary History

Earlier this month, Massachusetts’ Republican governor signed into law a bipartisan bill requiring employers to pay men and women equally for similar work. The law’s basic requirement is one in place in many states and under...more

Massachusetts Equal Pay Law

Effective January 1, 2018, Massachusetts’ equal pay law will impose new and broad sweeping requirements on employers. At its core, the law prohibits gender-based pay disparities. It also takes steps to encourage transparency...more

How Massachusetts’ New Equal Pay Law Impacts Employers

On August 1, 2016, Massachusetts became the first state to bar employers from asking job applicants about their salary history before making a formal job offer that includes compensation. Under the new law, employers may not...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: August 2016 #2

Last week, Massachusetts became the first state to prohibit employers from asking about salary history before offering a candidate a position. The law is designed to help close the gender wage gap. Supporters argued that...more

Massachusetts Nearing Enactment of Sweeping Pay Equity Legislation

Continuing a trend, Massachusetts is poised to implement major changes to its equal pay laws. Following the lead of California, New York, and Maryland, which each enacted expansive equal pay laws in the last few months,...more

Massachusetts Adds Teeth to Equal Pay Obligations

On July 23, 2016, the Massachusetts Legislature passed the Act to Establish Pay Equity (the “Act”). The stated purpose of the Act is to increase wage transparency and bridge the gender gap with regard to wages. Governor...more

Women’s Health Litigation Conference

No television show gives its viewers more than Game of Thrones – more characters, more plot-lines, more sex, more violence, and more magic. The enormous production values scream from the screen. The frame cannot quite...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: July 2016 #2

Last week, former FOX News anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment suit against her boss, Roger Ailes. Ms. Carlson’s complaint makes a number of allegations, including quid pro quo harassment, and was filed against...more

Department Of Education Issues Guidance on Improving Gender Equity in Career and Technical Education Programs

On June 15, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in conjunction with the Department’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) issued a Dear Colleague Letter (“Letter”)...more

Mind the (Pay) Gap: Investor Requests for Reports on Gender Pay Disparities Are on the Rise

According to media reports, this year several high-profile companies, including Apple, Facebook, and Intel, have received or responded to proposals from investors requesting shareholder votes on the issue of whether the...more

No bluff: Wright demands equal pay on House of Cards

Actress Robin Wright, who plays the formidable Claire Underwood on House of Cards, is the latest in the entertainment world to speak out on equal pay. According to a recent interview, Wright demanded equal pay after...more

Bill H.R. 4718: Momentum forward?

In recent months, the call for regulatory intervention to promote gender diversity on U .S . boards of directors has gotten louder and become more urgent . The U .S . Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report...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

Gender Pay Gap Reporting – Why It Matters Now

On 1 October 2016, regulations are expected to come into force in the UK which will require large private and voluntary sector employers to report annually on gender pay gap information. To give employers time to get to grips...more

How My 'WTF' Moment Sparked a Petition for Gender Equality

Companies that aim to improve and shape society can’t do so unless they reflect society....more

Vindicated, And It Feels So Good . . .

The Washington Post “Fact Checker” column gave Two Pinocchios last week to the “79-cent pay gap factoid.” That’s the factoid that says women make only 79 cents for every dollar that men make. Debunking that dubious statistic...more

Pay Equity Communications (AKA: What do I say?)

Responding to inquiries regarding your company’s stance on pay equity can be dicey. Having a strategy on how you address questions is important. Every time a client asks “what do I say” in response to employee...more

U.S. Women’s Soccer Scores Visibility for Pay Discrimination

As our readers may have heard, the star members of the U.S. women’s soccer team filed a wage discrimination complaint against the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In the...more

Going for the Goal and the Gold – the Quest for Equal Pay

In late March 2016, five star players on the U.S. women’s national soccer team filed a complaint with the EEOC, alleging that they are paid 40% less than the U.S. men’s national soccer team. The women’s U.S. soccer team is...more

U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team alleges gender wage discrimination

Five star players of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team (Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn and Hope Solo) made headlines this week by filing a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment...more

Feminenglish Part V: Remedies for Lousy Communication

In recent posts, we have been discussing the wasteful and demoralizing patterns of “asymmetrical communication” between male and female lawyers, particularly as it impacts team collaboration and effectiveness, as well as good...more

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