Federal Agencies Kick-off HIRE Program to Promote DEI&A

HIRE

Today, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP ) launched their partnership program to ensure workplace equity – the Hiring Initiative to Reimagine Equity (HIRE).  According to the official fact sheet, “HIRE is a multi-year collaborative effort chaired by EEOC Chair Charlotte A. Burrows and OFCCP Director Jenny…

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EEOC’s FY 2021 Activity and the Future of Pay Equity Enforcement

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The 2022 fiscal year is shaping up to be busy for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The agency experienced a boost in activity at the end of 2021 according to its Agency Financial Report, indicating the enforcement lull it experienced in 2020 is over. A message from EEOC Chair Charlotte Burrows affirms the…

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Riot Games Settles Gender Discrimination Lawsuit at $100 Million

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Entertainment company Riot Games recently settled a multi-year-long gender discrimination class-action lawsuit with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). After all is said and done, the software company will pay $100 million to settle the claims of gender discrimination, including unequal pay and sexual harassment, among other misconduct. Some $80 million will…

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Gender Pay Inequity Starts at Beginning of Career

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The wage gap between men and women begins at the start of an individual’s career, according to new data from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). NACE’s First Destinations Survey for the Class of 2020 shows a stark difference between men’s and women’s starting salaries right out of college, debunking the myth that…

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Public Companies Respond to SEC Human Capital Disclosure Requirement

SEC Human Capital Disclosure

A recent survey conducted by Gibson Dunn shows how 451 public companies responded to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) adopted amendments on human capital reporting and disclosures.  Effective November 9, 2020, the amendments added human capital resources as a disclosure 101(c). The SEC requires disclosures to include “the number of persons employed by…

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Federal Agencies to Prioritize Pay Equity Enforcement

Pay Equity Enforcement

A recent Bloomberg Law interview with former commissioner and acting chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Victoria A. Lipnic, sheds light on the future of pay equity enforcement in the U.S.  While Lipnic advises employers to stay tuned for details of EEOC’s new strategic enforcement plan for 2022, she confirms the agency’s efforts…

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You Can Still Leverage the Employee Retention Credit

Employee Retention Credit

Even though it’s now 2022, employers can still take advantage of the limited-time opportunity Employee Retention Credit.  The Employee Retention Credit is simple in concept. The refundable tax credit provides organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with financial relief. For all of 2020, and three quarters of 2021, employers can earn up to $26,000 in…

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Customers React Negatively to Wage Gap Disclosures, HBR Study Finds

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Lawmakers across the globe are finding that pay data reporting requirements for employers are critical for helping to close the gender wage gap. As recently seen in the U.K. and states throughout the U.S., mandatory public disclosure of wage gaps lays bare the integrity of an organization’s pay practices. This increasing visibility into companies’ compensation…

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Don’t Gamify Your Pay Equity Analysis

Pay equity

Defining pay equity goals for your organization is one thing, choosing a solution is another. And it’s an important decision for employers because the wrong solution could put you in a worse position than when you set out to achieve your goals. In this piece, we will be talking about the importance of choosing an…

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McDonald’s Achieves Pay Equity for Women and Underrepresented Groups

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McDonald’s has reached a significant milestone in its diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) journey. The fast-food giant announced last month that it effectively achieved pay equity for women and other historically underrepresented groups across its workforce of 180,000 U.S. employees. Employees belonging to underrepresented groups are now paid the same as their white counterparts for…

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