How to Comply with the New DOL Independent Contractor Rule

DOL Independent Contractor Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has provided final guidance on employee vs. independent contractor classification under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). On Jan. 9, the DOL Independent Contractor Rule was published.  The final rule takes effect March 11 and rescinds the 2021 rule developed under the Trump administration.  How to Classify an Employee…

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Pay Equity Deep Dive Series: Part 1

Pay Equity

We’re seeing more organizations take action on pay equity. According to a 2022 WorldatWork survey, 70% of participating organizations reported taking action on pay equity. This represents a ten-percentage point increase from 2019. Moreover, of those taking action on pay equity, 80% have an ongoing process for conducting a pay equity analysis.  With this in…

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Pay Equity in Canada: Closing the Pay Gap in Ontario and BC

Pay Equity

Canada has struggled to achieve pay equity, but 2023 has seen legislative developments in two key provinces, British Columbia, and Ontario.   Action is urgently needed to ensure workplace fairness and improve labor standards across the country. Here’s why: Progress towards narrowing the country’s gender pay gap is described as “glacial”.  Canada currently sits in 52nd…

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Emery Reddy Files 31 Pay Transparency Lawsuits in Washington

Pay Transparency

Washington employers face a deluge of class actions alleging violations of the state’s Equal Pay and Opportunity Act (EPOA). Law firm Emery Reddy PLLC has filed 31 lawsuits since June, the majority in the last few weeks. Legislation came into force on January 1, 2023.  High profile companies feature among those targeted by plaintiffs. These…

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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

pay transparency

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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CSRD Reporting Standards Take Effect January 1, 2024

CSRD Reporting Standards

January 2023, saw the adoption of the EU’s Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD). From as early as January 2024, companies across the EU’s 50 member states must comply with CSRD Reporting Standards.  The number of companies affected by sustainability reporting obligations is predicted to rise from 11,700 to 50,000. 10,000 of those are non-EU organizations, and…

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Pay transparency requirements are coming to Illinois

Pay transparency requirements

Illinois has stepped up its commitment to closing the gender pay gap by introducing pay transparency requirements for employers. Signed by Governor Pritzker on August 11, 2023, Bill HB3129 comes into effect on January 1, 2025.  In this article, we highlight Illinois Equal Pay Act amendments, and how employers can navigate these changes effectively.  The…

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