Equal Pay

9th Circuit Rules on Equal Pay Act

Although opinions differ as to the cause, the wage gap between male and female workers persists even today – on average, women earn roughly 80% of what men earn over the course of a lifetime. Some equality advocates have argued that the common employer practice of using a new hire’s previous salary to determine their Read more

Washington State wrapped up the 2018 legislative term with several new laws affecting individuals’ rights in the workplace.  Highlights include equal pay protections, protecting workers who are victims of domestic violence, strong sexual harassment laws, ban-the-box legislation, and a law authorizing increases in the penalties for violations of state occupational safety and health laws. We’ll Read more

EEO-1 Pay Data on Hold

On August 29, 2017, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a memorandum calling for a review and immediate stay on the effectiveness of new EEO-1 data submission requirements. These requirements, finalized in September of 2016, called for revisions to the EEO-1 compliance survey which collects information on race, ethnicity, and gender distribution within Read more

Outlawing Salary History Questions

Combating the Wage Gap from Different Angles To address the gender wage gap and other pay inequities in the workplace, more states and even some cities have taken affirmative measures aimed at eliminating pay differentials on the basis of sex. In some cases, these measures apply to other protected groups as well. Some of the Read more

Salary History

On June 14, 2017, Delaware Governor John Carney signed House Bill 1 prohibiting employers from requesting the salary history of job applicants. The purpose of this legislation is to help close the pay gap between men and women by stopping employers from using a salary history as a legitimate basis to pay a man more Read more

On November 4, 2016, New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio signed Executive Order 21 prohibiting city agencies from inquiring about the salary history of prospective employees. City agencies may ask prospective employees about previous compensation including wage, salary, benefits or other compensation if a conditional offer of employment has been made, and for the Read more