Equal Pay

Maine Salary History Ban Signed Into Law

On April 12, 2019, Maine’s first female Governor Janet Mills signed Senate Bill 90, or “An Act Regarding Pay Equality,” into law. The new law, which goes into effect 90 days after the current legislative session ends,  seeks to end wage inequality in the state by prohibiting employers from taking salary history into account when Read more

Court Overturns Stay on EEO-1 Pay Data

On March 4, 2019, a federal court overturned an agency-ordered delay of EEO-1 pay data rules. The rules will require employers with 100 or more employees to submit wage and hour information for employees in addition to data already required by the EEO-1 survey. The EEO-1 survey in its current form collects employment data from Read more

Vermont Salary Ban Coming Soon

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

The Maryland Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) has revised the state’s mandatory Equal Pay for Equal Work posting to reflect the current state of the law regarding employer recordkeeping requirements under Maryland’s Equal Pay Act. The Equal Pay Act requires employers to pay equal wages to male and female employees who work in Read more

This October California’s Governor Brown signed into law the California Fair Pay Act significantly changing the way equal pay rights between men and women are tested.  The current equal pay standard relies on a narrowly applied job comparison, sometimes making it difficult to establish an equal pay violation.  The Fair Pay Act, which takes effect January Read more

In the District of Columbia, employees are free to discuss their wages with other employees without fear of reprisal from their employers. On March 11, 2015, the District of Columbia’s Wage Transparency Act of 2014 (WTA) took effect providing that an employer may not prohibit an employee from inquiring about, disclosing, comparing, or otherwise discussing Read more

Last month, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) distributed a memorandum reinforcing the agency’s position that discrimination based on sexual orientation, transgender status, and gender identity violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII). Title VII prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Title Read more

The US DOL Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has published a proposed rule updating the sex discrimination guidelines for federal contractors and subcontractors. The sex discrimination guidelines implement Executive Order 11246, which prohibits companies with federal contracts and subcontracts from sex discrimination in employment. The proposed rule would replace existing sex discrimination guidelines, Read more