Mass Governor Signs Pay Equity Law

As was expected, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed S.2119, An Act to Establish Pay Equity in the Commonwealth into law last week.  The law updates existing equal pay laws and clarifies that companies must pay men and women the same when they do ‘comparable’ work rather just when they have the same job title, so…

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Massachusetts Sends Pay Equity to Governor

The Massachusetts Legislature unanimously approved a pay equity bill at a rare Saturday session last week and sent it to Governor Charlie Baker for his approval.  If approved by the Governor – a sure bet, given the unanimous legislative vote in both branches, it will become the first pay equity law in the nation that…

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EEOC Revises Pay Data Reporting Rules

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has revised its pending rules on pay data reporting requirements for companies with over 100 employees.  EEOC had initially published a proposed new reporting rule back at the beginning of the year, but in light of issues raised at public hearings and through the public comment period (Feb. 1…

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Is Government Broken?

If we follow the presidential polling the least bit, we know that almost 60% of the registered voters dislike both of the presumptive nominees – Hillary Clinton viewed favorably by 41% and Donald Trump by 40%.  Along with Green Party candidate Jill Stein and Libertarian Gary Johnson, that is the crop from which we’ll choose…

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“Kicking Around” Pay Equity

Earlier this month, the US Senate blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act, federal legislation sponsored by democratic senators that seeks to give female workers the right to compare salaries without the threat of retaliation, to seek monetary damages and further requiring companies to explain pay disparities.  The bill lost on a vote of 53-44 with all…

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EEOC Targets Employer Payroll Data

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) targeted private business salary information last week when it released a new proposed regulation mandating that more data be reported by employers with over 100 employees.  The regulation, which is now available for public review and comment until April 1 of this year, expands the data required on the…

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New York Assembly Moves Paid Leave

The New York State Assembly didn’t take long to pass a 12-week paid family leave bill, just a few weeks after Governor Andrew Cuomo called for employers to give workers the benefit in his State of the State and budget address.  The bill, A3870, provides that covered employees would be paid two-thirds of their average…

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California Has New Equal Pay Law But Not Fair Franchising

California Governor Gerry Brown, who last week made doctor-prescribed suicide legal in California and this week signed into law the strongest equal pay law in the nation, has yet to give any indication on what, if anything, he might do regarding the California Franchise Relations Act (fair franchising).  The franchising legislation passed both branches unanimously…

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Albuquerque Becomes First To Adopt Pay Equity Law

It may very well be the new front in the “Politics of Envy” War being waged across the country, but the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico just catapulted itself into a leading role.  Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry this week hailed the City Council passage of an equal pay ordinance that gives a 5% weighted advantage…

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