Pay Transparency Act: British Columbia Takes Action on Equal Pay

Pay Transparency Act

British Columbia’s Pay Transparency Act, Bill 13, became effective on May 11, 2023, with an immediate salary history ban. From November 1, employers must also include wage information in job postings and provide annual pay transparency reports.  While Canada’s Federal Pay Equity Act is based on the principle of equal pay for work of equal…

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Class Action Pay Transparency Lawsuits On The Rise

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As we predicted, pay transparency has become a priority for employers worldwide in 2023. Governments and organizations are taking major steps to address disparities in pay and ensure workplace fairness.  Failing to comply with legislation can lead to a rise in class action lawsuits, and subsequent financial penalties for employers.  In this article, we highlight…

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Equal Pay Protection & Brexit: What’s Next for the UK?

Equal Pay Protection

As EU member states prepare for the EU Pay Transparency Directive, the UK has dispensed with hundreds of EU-derived laws under its Schedule of Retained Law. What does that mean for equal pay protection and UK gender equality?  Below, we explore the impact of Brexit and equal pay, and consider whether the UK will experience…

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Massachusetts Pay Transparency Moves a Step Closer

Pay Transparency

Massachusetts is poised to follow California and Illinois and become the third state to require pay data reporting. It would also be the eleventh to require pay transparency in job listings. On October 4, Massachusetts House of Representatives voted 148-8 in favor of the legislation. Pay transparency and wage equity requirements October 4,3, If successful…

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Starbucks Lawsuit Dismissal: A Triumph for Corporate Diversity Efforts

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The National Center for Public Policy Research (NCPPR), a conservative think tank, recently initiated a lawsuit against Starbucks. They lost. The legal action challenged Starbucks’ commitment to its diversity and inclusion initiatives, alleging that their efforts were not only discriminatory but that they also adversely affected the company’s financial performance. However, Starbucks has been a…

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Addressing Pay Disparities on Latina Women’s Equal Pay Day

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October 5 is Latina Women’s Equal Pay Day, the approximate date when Latina women’s earnings catch up to the earnings of white non-Hispanic men from the previous year. It’s a measure designed to bring attention to ongoing pay disparities between, in this case, Latina Women and their white male colleagues. It’s also a measure that…

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Birmingham City Council Faces Bankruptcy in Equal Pay Dispute

Birmingham City Council

The UK’s Birmingham City Council issued two 114 notices in September, effectively declaring itself bankrupt. It now faces a staggering £760 million equal pay bill ($928 million).  Council correspondence suggests the final figure could amount to £1.15 billion ($1.4 billion). And the claim is growing by an estimated £5 million to £14 million ($6-17 million)…

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Opportunity Equity: Prepare for 2024’s Emerging HR Trend

Opportunity equity

While pay equity remains a key HR trend in 2023, another is emerging as we approach 2024; that of opportunity equity.  Opportunity equity is the practice of providing all workers with equal access to opportunities for employment, development, and career advancement. That’s irrespective of gender, race/ethnicity, age, and other personal attributes. It aims to dismantle…

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Pay Equity Reporting: Corporate Sustainability Directive vs IFRS

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Sustainability reporting is expanding across all industry sectors. Foremost among these is the EU’s Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), which takes effect in 2024. At the same time, the IFRS is also expanding references to standards related to equal pay. What does it mean for global pay equity reporting?  Corporate Sustainability Directive Summary EU sustainability standards…

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