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Gender pay gap reporting – how employers can action change

by Dentons on

As a refresher, the "gender pay gap" is a measure of the difference between men and women's average earnings across an organisation, expressed as a percentage of male earnings....more

New Jersey Passes New Law on Pay Equity — and Much More

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Governor Phil Murphy continues to remake the legal landscape in New Jersey. On April 24, 2018, he signed into law far-reaching pay-equity legislation that will take effect on July 1, 2018....more

New Jersey Passes Historic Equal Pay Act

After years of failed attempts at equal pay legislation, New Jersey has now passed a historic equal pay law. Notably, the Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act (“Equal Pay Act”) becomes the strongest measure attempting to close the...more

Mind The Gap? What Do The UK Pay Disclosures Really Tell Us?

1. Mandatory reporting under the methodology required by the government indicates some large pay gaps. What does that mean? As of 17 April 2018, 10,364 employers had published their gender pay gap figures. What have we...more

New Pay Equity Law In Washington State

by Littler on

Washington State has joined the ranks of jurisdictions that have adopted expanded equal pay legislation. The Equal Pay Opportunity Act (EPOA) was signed into law on March 21, 2018, and will take effect on June 7, 2018....more

Equal Pay Day 2018: Trends and Developments in Pay Equity Litigation

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

This publication provides a brief overview of recent trends and developments in pay equity litigation and analyzes significant decisions and filings that have had an impact on those issues. We hope that our clients and...more

Equal Pay Day 2018: 50 State Pay Equity Desktop Reference - What Employers Need to Know About Pay Equity Laws

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

For organizations that operate in multiple state or local jurisdictions, tracking the ever-changing requirements related to pay equity can pose daunting challenges. To simplify the process, we are pleased to provide you with...more

California Gender Equity Quota Bill Advances

by Allen Matkins on

An effort by several California legislators to impose gender quotas on publicly held corporations will be heard next week by the Banking and Financial Institutions Committee. SB 826, as amended on April 3, will apply to both...more

Does Massachusetts’s Pay Equity Law Change the Game?

by Verrill Dana LLP on

On July 1, 2018, Massachusetts Pay Equity law takes effect requiring all employers to pay men and women equally for comparable work—a phrase that is different from many similar statutes that have gone into effect over the...more

From Blind Auditions to Fighting the Gender Pay Gap

Recently, I watched Marin Alsop conduct the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO). I recalled the hype when she was appointed as the BSO’s first female music director in 2005. In January 2018, she was again in the news after...more

Gender Equality: The French Government’s Roadmap

by Morgan Lewis on

The latest effort by the French government to promote gender equality in the workplace introduces a number of proposals including a payroll software to identify wage inequality, transparency obligations imposed on companies...more

New Jersey on Cusp of Rigorous Equal Pay Law

by Hogan Lovells on

Last week, both houses of the New Jersey Legislature passed a sweeping equal pay bill that Governor Phil Murphy is expected to sign promptly. When passed into law, it will be one of the most strict equal pay statutes in the...more

New Governor, New Result: New Jersey Legislature Passes Pay Equity Bill

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On March 26, 2018, the New Jersey Legislature passed Senate Bill 104, entitled the “Diana B. Allen Equal Pay Act,” an act modifying the Law Against Discrimination to promote equal pay for all protected...more

California Judge Allows Pay Equity Class Action To Move Forward On Behalf Of Female Google Employees Who Were Employed In Thirty...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: After initially dismissing a sweeping class action complaint alleging systemic pay discrimination on behalf of “all women employed by Google in California,” the Court has now decided to allow an amended –...more

New Jersey to Pass Broadest Pay Equity Law in the US

by FordHarrison on

On March 26, 2018, the New Jersey legislature overwhelmingly passed amendments to the state discrimination law, including additional pay equity protections. ...more

Washington State Overhauls Equal Pay Laws After Seventy-Five Years

On March 21, 2018, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed into law amendments to Washington State’s Equal Pay Act, which had not been updated since 1943. ...more

New Jersey Governor Expected to Sign Expansive Equal Pay Bill

by Littler on

On March 26, 2018, the New Jersey legislature enacted amendments to existing statutes substantially expanding pay equity protections for New Jersey employees and giving rise to significant compliance and defense burdens for...more

Massachusetts Attorney General Provides Guidance On Equal Pay Law

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Recently, the Massachusetts Attorney General, Maura Healey, issued guidance to assist employers in complying with the state’s Equal Pay Act (“MEPA”), which goes into effect on July 1, 2018. The 30-page guidance is...more

Mind the gap across the Atlantic – the gender pay gap in the UK and the US

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

Lorraine Heard, legal director at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP, sets out the background to the new legal requirement that obliges large UK employers to report their gender pay gaps. Theresa Sprain, partner at Womble Bond...more

Eleventh Circuit Reiterates Employers' Heavy Burden Under Equal Pay Act

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

The Eleventh Circuit’s holding in Bowen v. Manheim Remarketing, Inc., 882 F.3d 1358 (11th Cir. 2018) reiterates an employer’s heavy burden to establish an affirmative defense in order to win summary judgment in cases alleging...more

Can Inclusion Riders Force Demographic Proportionality In Hiring?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: With a single utterance at the recent Academy Awards ceremony, “inclusion rider” entered the popular lexicon. That has led many to wonder, “What is an inclusion rider?” The next question, of course, is...more

Oscars Delve into Legal Territory with Two Words: Inclusion Rider

by FordHarrison on

At the end of her Oscars acceptance speech for Best Actress this year, Frances McDormand, after having spoken about equality, concluded with the following statement: “I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and...more

The Massachusetts Attorney General Issues Guidance on Sweeping Changes to the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act

by Hogan Lovells on

In advance of the July 1, 2018 implementation of extensive amendments to the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act (“MEPA”), the Attorney General (“AG”) issued its Guidance on March 1, 2018. While the Guidance does not have regulatory...more

Highlighting Women’s Workplace Rights and Entitlements in the Asia-Pacific Region

Happy International Women’s Day! At a time when women around the globe are proudly asserting their rights to be free from discrimination and harassment at work, here is a quick rundown of some laws in the Asia-Pacific (APAC)...more

Women as Warriors: What Black Panther Teaches Us About Women in the Workplace

by FordHarrison on

Coming off the heels of a fantastic Blockbuster first few weeks, nearly $900 million made at the box office globally, and premiering during Black History Month, there is no denying that Black Panther is just the start of a...more

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