Rhode Island Now Has Pay Equity Law

Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee, who ascended to the corner office when former Governor Gina Raimondo was confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Commerce under the Biden administration, last week signed legislation mandating equal pay across the Ocean State. The Pay Equity Act prohibits an employer from paying wages to any employees at a rate less…

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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),…

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Philadelphia Salary History Ban

The City of Brotherly Love officially joins the list of governments prohibiting private employers from asking prospective job applicants about their salary history at the beginning of the month. The Philadelphia Wage Equity Ordinance becomes effective on September 1 after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in February overturned a 2018 lower…

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Cuomo OKs Default Cures, Targets Styrofoam, Plus

As always seems to be the case, there’s much happening on a broad array of issues in New York. First off just last week, Cuomo gave his approval and signed a new law that will give some small businesses the right to cure a default and thereby avoid costly fines in many regulatory first-offense cases.…

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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…

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New Jersey Does Pay Equity & Sick Leave

In the past two weeks, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed two bills into law that his predecessor, Republican Chris Christie, had held at bay for years. The Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act cleared the legislature earlier in April and Murphy, who had campaigned on the issue, made good on his promise to…

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9th Circuit Limits Salary History Use

The US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals this week ruled that Fresno County could not pay an individual female employee less than a male counterpart because of the woman’s lower salary history. An 11-judge panel of the San Francisco-based court unanimously ruled that doing so would violate the federal Equal Pay Act of 1963 and…

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More on Pay Equity

As proof of the proliferation of pay equity laws and new restrictions on the hiring process, we noted that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed legislation that would ban private employers from inquiring into or considering an applicant’s salary history when setting compensation. Last year, he issued Executive Orders #161 and #162, which prohibit…

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Pay Equity Laws

On Monday of this week, the New Jersey Legislature gave overwhelming final approval to a gender pay equity bill that will be one of the strongest in the nation. Governor Phil Murphy (D) is expected to sign the measure, NJ A1/S104. The act will prohibit unequal pay for ‘substantially similar work’ and provides that employees…

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Brown Expands Paid Leave, Vetoes Wage-shaming

As the clock wound down, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a number of workplace related bills and vetoed others that could have been devastating to business interests. AB1209, the Gender Pay Gap Transparency Act, which the Governor vetoed and business labeled a “job-killer” would have required companies with 500 or more employees in California to…

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