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Recent Deluge of California Legislation Imposes New Requirements on Employers

by K&L Gates LLP on

October 15th marked the deadline for Governor Jerry Brown to sign the numerous employment-related bills proposed during the California State Legislature’s 2017 legislative session. While many bills did not make the final cut,...more

California Waves Goodbye to Salary History

On October 12, 2017, California joined a growing trend of jurisdictions attempting to address pay disparities by enacting a law that bans employers from seeking salary history information, including compensation and benefit...more

New California Law Prohibits Asking Job Applicants About Their Salary History

by BakerHostetler on

A new California law (AB 168) was signed by Governor Jerry Brown on October 12, 2017 that prohibits employers from inquiring about the salary histories of its job applicants. AB 168, which takes effect on January 1, 2018, and...more

New California Law Prohibits Employers From Asking Applicants About Salary History

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Beginning January 1, 2018, California employers will no longer be able to ask job applicants about their salary history. California joins a small but growing group of states and cities that have enacted similar measures,...more

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Inferior Parental Leave Policies Can Result in Discrimination Claims

by McDermott Will & Emery on

To recruit and retain top talent, employers often offer benefits more generous than required under the law. Such benefits include unlimited vacation, paid maternity leave and paid paternity leave. However, a recent US Equal...more

The Salary Privacy Act—Stacking the Deck

by Blank Rome LLP on

Job interviews and salary negotiations have always been a sort of poker game. Now, in California, employers are required to show their hands, while candidates can keep their cards close to the vest....more

Compensation Policies Under Scrutiny: Federal Court Conditionally Certifies Class of Female Faculty Physicians in EPA Case

On September 28, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois granted conditional collective action certification in Ahad v. Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University, a case under the Equal Pay...more

California Employers Prohibited from Seeking Applicant Salary Information

by Payne & Fears on

Assembly Bill 168 amends the California Equal Pay Act to prohibit an employer from relying on the salary history information of an applicant for employment as a factor in determining whether to make an offer or what salary to...more

No More Questions About, Or Use Of, Prior Salary Information In Employment

by Weintraub Tobin on

On October 12, 2017, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 168. Consistent with some other state laws and local ordinances passed by certain municipalities like San Francisco, the new law prohibits the inquiry and use of prior...more

Employment Law Commentary, September 2017 - Volume 29, Issue 9: Workplace Bias And Gender Pay Equity In Silicon Valley 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

It was only a couple of years ago, on March 27, 2015, that a jury rejected Ellen Pao’s gender discrimination claims and rendered a defense verdict in favor of her former employer, a prominent Silicon Valley venture capital...more

Time to Remove Salary History from Job Applications

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Starting this Friday, October 6, employers in Oregon can no longer ask job applicants about their salary history. As part of the Equal Pay Act that Oregon enacted earlier this year, prohibiting questions about salary history...more

EEOC Files Three Lawsuits in D.C. Metro Area Charging Sex-Based Pay Discrimination

Unrelated Suits Name George Washington University, National Association for the Education of Young Children, and Total Quality Building Services for Equal Pay Violations - WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment...more

EEOC Sues Cummins, Inc. For Pay Discrimination

Diesel Engine Manufacturer Paid a Female Employee Less Than a Male Employee Performing the Same Work, Federal Agency Charges - NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Cummins, Inc., a diesel engine manufacturer which operates a call center...more

Pay Equity Update: Has the Death Knell Sounded for Prior Salary?

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

An increasing number of states and cities are enacting laws prohibiting employers from considering a candidate’s prior salary in setting compensation. These restrictions are typically included within pay equity statutes, and...more

2017 Manufacturing Employment Law Update

Oregon Equal Pay Act - In June, Governor Brown signed the Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017. Although many provisions of the Act do not take effect until January 1, 2019, employers should be aware of the changing legal...more

9th Circuit to Reconsider Employer Use of Salary History During Hiring

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On Aug. 29, 2017, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit announced it will reconsider en banc whether employer use of salary history to determine an applicant’s compensation as a new hire violates the federal...more

Salary History Inquiry Bill Down But Far From Out

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

On June 28, 2017, HB 2462, an amendment to the Illinois Equal Pay Act, passed both chambers of Illinois General Assembly. The bill would have made an employer’s inquiry into an applicants’ wage, benefits, and other...more

No Summer Breaks for the EEOC

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

As many of us settle into September, with fond memories of our summer vacations, do not think that the federal agencies were on a hiatus. In fact and despite predictions that the EEOC under the new administration would be...more

Equal Pay Class Action Lawsuit Against Google

by Fisher Phillips on

Google, Inc. (“Google”) is the latest high profile employer in an onslaught of class actions by female employees alleging systemic discrimination in pay against women. Coupled with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance...more

EEOC Challenges Physician Pay Practices of Texas County Health Department

On August 31, 2017, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in Dallas filed a federal lawsuit in the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division, against Denton County, Texas, alleging violations of the Equal...more

Preparing for the New Massachusetts Equal Pay Law, Part I: Whether, When, and How to Conduct a Pay Equity Audit

The July 1, 2018, implementation date for the amendments to the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act (MEPA) is less than a year away. The amendments approved in 2016 will bring about substantial changes to the definition of...more

EEOC Sues Pizza Studio Restaurant Owner for Violating Equal Pay Act

Company Offered Female New Hire Less Than a Male and Fired Both After She Complained, Federal Agency Says - ST. LOUIS - A Delaware company that until recently operated a Pizza Studio restaurant in Kansas City, Kan., and...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Q2 saw US growth hit the 3% mark for the first time in two years, besting last quarter’s lackluster showing by almost 2%. The report helped boost stocks across the board....more

Illinois Ban on Salary History Inquiries Dies on Governor’s Desk

by Cozen O'Connor on

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has vetoed amendments to the Illinois Equal Pay Act that would have removed wage and salary history from the equation for employers when considering job applicants. Employers are cheering the...more

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

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