How Pay Equity Audits Can Help Companies Avoid Racial Discrimination

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As the historian, Howard Zinn said, “you can’t be neutral on a moving train.” The waves of community outreach, protests, and activism following the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, and too many others present employers with an opportunity to implement or reinforce antiracist policies at work. One critical step in accomplishing this…

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Equal Pay for Team USA Act of 2021 Gains Traction

Equal Pay for Team USA

Gender-based pay inequities have long pervaded American sports, but a growing number of lawmakers and athletes are advocating for a solution: “equal pay for equal play.” This principle is embodied in the “Equal Pay for Team USA Act of 2021,” a bipartisan piece of legislation reintroduced to the Senate on Jul. 13, 2021. Originally brought…

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Pay Equity Implications of FLSA Worker Classification Rule Reversal


Earlier this year the Department of Labor (DOL) moved forward with its proposal to reverse a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) worker classification rule. The final rule, Independent Contractor Status Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, was effectively withdrawn on May 5, before ever taking effect. In the Department’s explanation, it said “the Independent Contractor…

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Illinois SB 1480 Pay Data Reporting Law Gets Amended

Illinois Equal Pay Act

The state government of Illinois recently enacted sweeping changes to its equal pay laws. Originally signed into law right before Equal Pay Day 2021, Illinois SB 1480 was amended by SB 1487 on June 25, 2021 to provide greater clarification on how Illinois employers must comply with the new equal pay obligations. There are three…

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What You Need to Know About the Oregon Equal Pay Act

Oregon Equal Pay Act

Several states and cities are passing laws to further bolster the federal Equal Pay Act. In this post, we are looking at Oregon’s Equal Pay Act of 2017. First introduced in June 2017, the Oregon Equal Pay Act (OEPA) takes an aggressive stance on pay equity. The law expands the definition of “protected class” under…

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ESG Stocks Perform Better, But Rankings Can Vary Widely


It’s no secret that public companies that are ranked highly for their environmental, social, and governance (ESG) efforts are performing well with investors – better, in fact, than those who aren’t. What’s not so well known is that the rankings can be dramatically different depending on who’s providing them. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) recently…

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States and Cities are Continuing to Pass Salary History Bans

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Efforts to close the gender wage gap have been a top priority now that the Biden administration is in office. Individual counties, cities, and states across the country, however, have been hard at work over the last several years by passing salary history bans.  Below we cover all of the states that have enacted state-wide…

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Canada Pay Equity Act Anticipated to Take Effect This Year

Canada Pay Equity

In a landmark effort to ensure that pay equity is both achieved and maintained, the Canadian parliament passed the Pay Equity Act in December of 2018. The Pay Equity Act will create new proactive pay obligations on employers in the public and private sectors. Since 2018, covered organizations have waited for the Act to take…

Read More Report Finds Employers Have Room to Improve on DEI Initiatives

DEI Initiatives recently issued a report on a survey they ran regarding employers’ outlook towards Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives for 2021. The report, The Future of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 2021, includes survey data collected between December 2020 and January 2021 from 374 HR professionals across the world, with the majority residing in North…

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