Paycheck Fairness Act Fails in Senate

This week, the U.S. Senate failed to advance the Paycheck Fairness Act by a vote of 49 – 50. The legislation, which required 60 votes to clear the upper chamber, did not come close to reaching that threshold, without any Senate Republicans voting in favor. A declared priority of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Shumer (D-NY),…

Read More »

House Passes Pregnancy Fairness

Early this week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R.1065, also known as the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. By a vote of 315 – 101, the legislation was sent to the Senate, where it faces a tougher – albeit not impossible chance of being adopted and sent to the President for his signature. The legislation,…

Read More »

Court Validates Salary History Consideration

According to a federal District Court in Virginia, the use of salary history in employment decisions is a reasonable – and legal – tool for employers to consider in making employment decisions. Early this month, the court applied a precedent set by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (Spenser v. Virginia State University) versus a…

Read More »

EEOC Again Requiring Pay Data

Just over one week ago the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) resurrected a mandatory filing for qualified employers of 2019 and 2020 workplace diversity data (EEO-1 Component 1). Generally speaking, the dictate applies to employers with at least 100 employees as well as federal contractors with 50 or more employees. You may recall that the…

Read More »

Pay Equity Bill Refiled in Congress

The federal Paycheck Fairness Act has been reintroduced in Congress for the current session, while another half-dozen state legislatures are considering similar mandates within their state borders. The federal legislation, filed by Connecticut Representative Rosa DeLauro, requires more transparency by companies regarding worker compensation and would also ban employers from asking applicants about their salary…

Read More »

Making a List and Checking It Twice

That lyric from a timeless Christmas classic shouldn’t only apply to Santa at this time of year, but also to every small businessman and woman across the country. Your list however, should be of what legal and regulatory changes will be taking effect on January 1, rather than who’s been naughty or nice! In that…

Read More »

Pregnancy Accommodation Mandates

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation a few weeks ago that mandates businesses provide further accommodations for the convenience of pregnant employees. Although the Pregnancy Workers Fairness Act (H.R. 2694) has yet to pass the Senate and may never, in fact become law, it was passed by the House with overwhelming bipartisan support in…

Read More »

DC Council Pushing Cash-out Option

Against the backdrop of the coronavirus and cancelled events all across the country as well as ‘social distancing’ and business hardships resulting from the pandemic, the DC city council is advancing an ordinance that mandates additional benefits for employees in firms with 20 or more workers.. The Transportation Benefits Equity Act, proposed by councilmembers Charles…

Read More »

Back To The Future!

Tune up the DeLorean! The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday passed a resolution eliminating the 1982 deadline (yes, 38 years after the deadline passed) for states to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The change comes largely in response to Virginia – becoming a democratic trifecta state in 2019 for the first…

Read More »

Colorado Enacts Equal Pay Law

Just over a week after significantly increasing the penalties for failure to pay correct wages, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed Senate Bill 85 into law last week making Colorado the latest state to enact an equal pay mandate. The law will become effective on January 1, 2021 at which time employees who believe they were…

Read More »