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  • Federal Judge Reinstates EEOC Pay Data Collection, Effective Immediately

    A U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia vacated the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) stay of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) revised EEO-1 form and the September 15, 2017, Federal Register Notice implementing the stay (Staying the Effectiveness of the EEO-1 Pay Data Collection, 82 Fed. Reg. 43362). Nat’l Women’s Law...… Continue Reading
    March 5, 2019
  • Michigan Bars State Employer Inquiries into Salary History

    One week after taking office, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a directive that prohibits state departments and agencies from asking about current or previous salaries until after extending a conditional offer of employment with proposed salary. Executive Directive No. 2019-10, intended to ensure equal pay for equal work among state employees, went into effect immediately...… Continue Reading
    January 11, 2019
  • Countdown to New Jersey’s Diane B. Allen Pay Equity Act

    On July 1, 2018, only nine days from now, the Diane B. Allen Pay Equity Act (Act) goes into effect, broadening New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination (LAD) to promote equal pay for all employees covered under the law. The Act, considered one of the most comprehensive and pro-employee equal pay laws in the nation, significantly...… Continue Reading
    June 21, 2018
  • Vermont Bans Inquiries into Job Applicants’ Salary and Benefit History

    Beginning July 1, 2018, employers in Vermont will be prohibited from requiring a prospective employee to disclose his or her salary and benefit history before making an offer of employment, with compensation, under legislation (H.B. 294) signed by Governor Phil Scott on May 11, 2018. Click here to read our full article regarding Vermont’s salary...… Continue Reading
    May 15, 2018
  • A Ban on Salary History Bans: Michigan Bars Local Governments from Prohibiting Such Inquiries

    On March 26, 2018, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill that prevents local governments from regulating the questions employers may ask of applicants during job interviews. The bill amends a 2015 law that prohibited local governments from banning salary history inquiries on job applications. With this amendment, Michigan essentially has blocked local governments from...… Continue Reading
    March 29, 2018
  • Washington State Legislature Sends Comprehensive Pay Equity Bill to Governor

    The Washington Legislature has sent Governor Jay Inslee a proposed Act that would significantly broaden the state’s Equal Pay and Opportunity Act. The Governor is expected to approve it. Pay Equity and Gender Following Title VII principles, the Act defines “similarly employed” as jobs requiring “similar skill, effort, and responsibility… performed under similar working conditions.”...… Continue Reading
    March 14, 2018
  • A Look at the Massachusetts AG’s Office Guidance on Equal Pay Law

    As posted last week, on March 1, 2018, the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General issued its much anticipated guidance on the state’s new pay equity law, set to take effect on July 1, 2018. The Attorney General’s Guidance does not have the legal force of a regulation but provides clear insight into how the...… Continue Reading
    March 5, 2018
  • New Jersey Bars State Agencies from Seeking Applicants’ Wage Histories

    In his first official act upon taking office, newly elected Governor Phil Murphy signed an executive order barring state agencies from asking job applicants about wage history. Former Governor Chris Christie previously vetoed legislation that would have prohibited employers from requesting salary history information from prospective employees. Effective February 1, 2018, state agencies are prohibited...… Continue Reading
    January 17, 2018
  • NYC Issues Additional Guidance on Upcoming Salary Inquiry Prohibitions

    As discussed in an earlier post, effective October 31, 2017, New York City employers generally may not inquire about or rely upon a job applicant’s salary history in making employment decisions. The New York City Commission on Human Rights (NYCCHR) previously released an Employer Fact Sheet and a Job Applicant Fact Sheet to assist employers...… Continue Reading
    October 13, 2017
  • Illinois Next to Prohibit Salary History Inquiries?

    The Illinois state legislature passed House Bill (HB) 2462 which would prevent employers from inquiring about a job applicant’s salary history and lower the burden on employees claiming equal pay violations. The Bill now awaits Governor Bruce Rauner’s signature. HB 2462, which seeks to amend the Illinois Equal Pay Act of 2003, prohibits employers from:...… Continue Reading
    August 21, 2017