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

EEOC

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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Men Asked to Pay More at First “Pay Gap Store”

Pay gap store

Today we’re pleased to launch the world’s first Pay Gap Store, a new, ground-breaking online store where the prices reflect – and offset – the pay gap in the wider world. The store’s male customers are among those invited to pay higher prices, since U.S. men still earn, on average, 18% more than U.S. women…

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OFCCP Ramps up Pay Equity Enforcement with Several Pay Discrimination Settlements

OFCCP Pay Discrimination Settlements

Pay equity enforcement is ramping up at the federal level, signaling to employers everywhere that the time to implement proactive diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) measures is now.  Case in point: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently reached a series of settlement agreements with five large organizations. As…

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What Employers Can Learn from Denny’s DEI Journey

Denny’s DEI

Denny’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) journey has been decades in the making. While the restaurant chain champions DEI efforts in the corporate world today, that wasn’t always the case. A 1994 discrimination lawsuit prompted Denny’s to take stock of its practices, leading it to make fundamental changes that continue to evolve with time. We…

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New Nevada Pay Equity Law Takes Effect

Nevada Pay Equity

Nevada has joined a host of other states in promoting equal pay with the passage of Senate Bill 293. Effective October 1, the law primarily aims to minimize gender and race/ethnicity pay gaps with a salary history ban. Inquiring into a prospective employee’s wage history information can perpetuate inequities for some job applicants, such as women…

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DEI Discrimination Claim Highlights Need for Employer Diligence

DEI Related Discrimination

In recent years, the topic of workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) has rightfully become pervasive in domestic and international dialogue. However, employers should heed the dangers of adopting “overly aggressive” DEI policies within their organizations. A recent discrimination claim involving global advertising agency Wunderman Thompson is a case in point. The agency found itself…

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Designing a Successful Pay Equity Program Pt. I

Pay equity

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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Key Steps for Achieving A Successful DEI Workplace Culture

DEI

Now, more than ever, organizations must foster a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive work culture. Creating a more equitable work organization isn’t just the right thing to do, but is also an important business decision.  A 2019 report from consulting firm McKinsey & Company proves the business case for workplace equity, by illustrating how equitable…

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Canada Pay Equity Act Takes Effect Today

Canada Pay Equity

The Canada Pay Equity Act goes into effect today, August 31, 2021, marking the official commencement of a major international move to advance workplace equality. The Act has been highly anticipated since its original passage in 2018. Now that the law is in full force, affected employers must develop and implement pay equity plans that…

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