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Illinois Equal Pay Act Mandates to Take Effect September 29

Amendments to Illinois’ Equal Pay Act (EPA) go into effect on September 29, 2019, leaving employers little time to adjust their hiring practices.  No Inquiries into Salary History. Under the amended EPA, employers and employment agencies may not:  Screen applicants based on their current or prior wage or salary history, including benefits or other compensation;...… Continue Reading
September 28, 2019

House of Representatives Passes Paycheck Fairness Act to Strengthen Equal Pay Act

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives continue to call for stronger protections to combat wage inequality. By a vote of 242-187, the House recently passed the Paycheck Fairness Act to enhance the federal protections guaranteed under the EPA. Currently, to defend against an EPA claim, an employer can assert any of four defenses to...… Continue Reading
April 4, 2019

Court Holds New Jersey’s Equal Pay Act Will Not Be Applied Retroactively

The Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act (NJEPA) does not apply retroactively to conduct occurring before to its effective date, July 1, 2018, a federal district court has ruled. Perrotto v. Morgan Advanced Materials, 2:18-cv-13825-WJM-MF (D. N.J. Jan. 14, 2019). The court granted the employer’s motion to dismiss. The NJEPA provides enhanced equal pay protections...… Continue Reading
February 21, 2019

Pay Equity for All: UK’s Equal Pay Advice Service Provides Free Legal Advice

A free service to help provide legal advice to female low-income earners on pay equity matters is now available in the United Kingdom. The Equal Pay Advice Service, or “EPAS,” went into operation on November 9, 2018, in time for the UK’s Equal Pay Day (the day in the year when women in the UK...… Continue Reading
November 29, 2018

Leading By Example: Oregon State Government Conducts Expansive Internal Pay Equity Analysis

Oregon’s state government, ahead of the January 1, 2019, effective date of the state Equal Pay Act (EPA), is conducting an expansive, behind-the-scenes pay equity analysis of its departments to identify and remedy any potential pay disparities between male and female employees. Under Oregon’s pay equity law, businesses are not required to conduct pay equity...… Continue Reading
October 3, 2018

Protest Challenges Pay Discrimination Behind the Lens

Since the start of the “Times Up” and “Me Too” movements, the spotlight has remained on the gender-based wage disparities existing between female and male actors that work on the same cinematic productions, yet receive unequal pay. However, many in Hollywood feel that women who work behind the scenes in film production or as part...… Continue Reading The post Protest Challenges Pay Discrimination Behind the Lens appeared first on California Workplace Law Blog.
August 30, 2018

Protest Challenges Pay Discrimination Behind the Lens

Since the start of the “Times Up” and “Me Too” movements, the spotlight has remained on the gender-based wage disparities existing between female and male actors that work on the same cinematic productions, yet receive unequal pay. However, many in Hollywood feel that women who work behind the scenes in film production or as part...… Continue Reading
August 29, 2018

What Employers Need to Know about San Francisco’s Salary History Ordinance

San Francisco’s “Parity in Pay Ordinance,” prohibiting employers from inquiring about a job applicant’s salary history, took effect on July 1, 2018. This post discussed significant provisions of the ordinance as well as key considerations for employers to ensure compliance with the new regulation. Click here to read our full article regarding San Francisco’s salary...… Continue Reading The post What Employers Need to Know about San Francisco’s Salary History Ordinance appeared first on California Workplace Law Blog.
July 13, 2018

What Employers Need to Know about San Francisco’s Salary History Ordinance

San Francisco’s “Parity in Pay Ordinance,” prohibiting employers from inquiring about a job applicant’s salary history, took effect on July 1, 2018. This post discussed significant provisions of the ordinance as well as key considerations for employers to ensure compliance with the new regulation. The San Francisco measure follows several states’ and cities’ enactment of...… Continue Reading
July 13, 2018

Philadelphia’s Salary History Inquiry Ban Violates the First Amendment, Federal Court Rules

Philadelphia’s ban on salary history inquiries violates the First Amendment, a federal district court in Philadelphia has ruled in a 54-page opinion. The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia v. City of Philadelphia et al., No. 17-1548 (Apr. 30, 2018). Because the decision is based on the First Amendment, it has broader implications for salary...… Continue Reading
May 3, 2018

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