Posts Tagged ‘Congress’

How Some States and Localities Are Expanding the Definition of “Protected Class”

How Some States and Localities Are Expanding the Definition of “Protected Class”

The definition of “protected class”—groups of people that share a common, legally protected characteristic—is in a state of expansion. New state laws and municipal ordinances provide insight into how we may see “protected classes” continue to develop. The question of who falls into a protected class (sometimes referred to as “protected group”) is determined by…

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It’s Time for Equal Pay in America

It’s Time for Equal Pay in America

If you see red today, it’s not by accident. Women across the country are being encouraged to wear red today, Equal Pay Day, as a reminder of the significant gender wage gap that exists in America. The National Committee on Pay Equity, a coalition that has been working to eliminate sex-and race-based wage discrimination and…

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Democrats Push for Passage of Paycheck Fairness Act [UPDATE]

Democrats Push for Passage of Paycheck Fairness Act

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have reintroduced and passed the Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA). Will 2019 be the year we see the bill become law? It just may be. Hoping to capitalize on their majority in the House of Representatives, Democrats have introduced the PFA for the eleventh time and passed the legislation…

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Wage Gap Not Diminishing in Quest for Equal Pay

Wage Gap Not Diminishing in Quest for Equal Pay

Women are not gaining ground in the effort to achieve equal pay, and they may be falling behind in the U.S. However, the trends point to the effort to provide equal pay for women to be successful. It’s only a matter of time. Recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that despite efforts put…

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Achieving Equal Pay Requires Everyone’s Involvement

Achieving Equal Pay Requires Everyone’s Involvement

It’s a bit mind boggling, but it encapsulates how much work needs to be done to achieve equal pay in the U.S. A new study by AAUW found that in a comparison of occupations with at least 50,000 men and 50,000 women in 2017, 107 out of 114 occupations had statistically significant gaps in pay…

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Equal Pay Action Rings Loudly in France

Equal Pay Action Rings Loudly in France

Europe is on the front line of the Equal Pay movement these days. Iceland this year became the first country to mandate that companies with 25 or more full-time employees must submit proof that both men and women are paid equally. This spring, organizations of 250 or more employees in the United Kingdom began providing…

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Could Iceland’s New Equal Pay Law Make It in The U.S.?

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Equal pay amongst genders has been a topic of conversation in the United States and around the world for decades. Now Iceland has done something about it. The country has passed a law that more effectively enforces gender pay discrimination law. At the start of the new year, the Land of Fire and Ice became…

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The First OFCCP Complaint of 2017 Provides Little Insight

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Businesses continue to watch for signs of changes in how regulators under the Trump administration will enforce compliance. According to testimony before Congress in October by Commerce Secretary Wilber Ross, as reported by The Washington Times, the administration had removed 860 rules and regulations since taking office. More changes are expected. It was recently revealed…

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EEO-1 Form Revisions Remain A Point of Contention

Are The EEO-1 Form Revision Stays A Conspiracy?

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) put the new summary pay data requirements on hold in August, and many Democrats and equal pay advocates are expressing their displeasure. It was nearly a year ago that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) advised in its final revisions to the new EEO-1 Form, fields…

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