California’s New SB 1162 Promotes Total Pay Transparency

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California is again at the forefront of national efforts to close the wage gap with the introduction of SB 1162. First introduced by California Senator Monique Limón in February 2022, the bill would become one of the most aggressive pay equity laws in the nation if passed. “Pay transparency is key to achieving pay equity,”…

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Applying for the Illinois Equal Pay Registration Certificate

Equal Pay Registration Certificate

In March 2021, the state of Illinois amended its SB 1480 Equal Pay Law to clarify new equal pay requirements for Illinois employers. The amendments apply to several existing laws, including the Illinois Equal Pay Act, the Illinois Business Corporation Act, and the Illinois Human Rights Act. A defining feature of Illinois SB 1480 is…

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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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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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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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California DFEH Issues SB 973 Non-Compliance Notice

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The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) is now issuing non-compliance notices to employers it believes failed to comply with the State’s pay data reporting law for the 2020 tax year. DFEH agents say some 35,000 notices will go out to employers over the next several weeks. California’s pay data reporting law, known…

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Designing a Successful Pay Equity Program Pt. I

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The events over the last several years propelled public momentum in addressing systemic injustice and social inequity, especially in the workplace. This has cast a bright spotlight on organizations’ diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts – specifically around gender and racial pay gaps.  These issues are not going away. In fact, employers should expect pay…

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California DFEH Sues Activision Blizzard for Systemic Discrimination

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Following a two-year investigation, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) sued the entertainment gaming giant, Activision Blizzard for systematic discrimination on July 21, 2021. Included in the extensive complaint filed in the Los Angeles County Superior Court are allegations of “frat boy” culture, sexual harassment, unequal pay, retaliation, and gender-based discrimination.  The…

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Pay Equity Implications of FLSA Worker Classification Rule Reversal

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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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