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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DEI Measurement, Analysis, & Implementation During COVID-19

7 minute read: COVID-19’s Assault on Equality It is well-known that the global COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated inequalities by race/ethnicity, gender, education level, and income. Here in Los Angeles, the mortality rate for the least affluent communities is four times larger than that in the most affluent communities. Black and Hispanic/Latinx death rates are more…

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Lessons Learned from Oracle’s Equal Pay Saga

Oracle’s equal pay saga illustrates how a proactive pay equity strategy is better than adopting a reactive approach—to the tune of millions of dollars, as well as bad publicity. Earlier this year, we discussed how Oracle was in the crosshairs of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”), the federal agency housed within the…

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Localizing Compensation and Pay Equity Audits

Facebook recently announced that employees who expect to work from home for the long term will receive localized pay adjustments based on where they choose to live, according to reporting from USA Today. TechCrunch added these additional details from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: “We’ll localize everybody’s comp on January 1,” Zuckerberg said. “They can do…

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Salary History Ruled Not a Defense in Equal Pay Case

A recent federal court ruling solidifies the prohibition on employers in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington from using salary history as an affirmative defense to an equal pay claim. On February 27, 2020, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided Rizo v. Yovino, a decision prompted by the case of…

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Australia Enacts Gender Equality Bill

Australia continues the global movement towards pay equity. The Australian state of Victoria, which includes the City of Melbourne, recently signed and enacted their first ever Gender Equality Bill. In late February, the Victorian Parliament passed legislation requiring thousands of employers—including in the public sector, universities, and local governments—to prove that they are “actively pursuing”…

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The Role of Clean Data in Pay Equity Audits

Companies are opting to be proactive regarding pay disparities to ensure they thrive, avoid liabilities and bad PR, and continue to recruit the best talent. In opting to conduct an equal pay audit, companies may choose to engage outside vendors with expertise in pay equity legislation and regulations, clean data, and powerful software. An added…

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Why External Help is an Essential Part of Your Pay Equity Solution

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Companies are often faced with budget concerns when determining solutions that can either be done in-house or outsourced to a third party. Pay equity solutions are no different. While businesses want to make the best decisions for their employees and company needs, budget constraints are always present. And, there are other considerations, such as efficiency…

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Pay Equity Audits Are Important to Address Equal Pay Issues

This issue of equal pay continues to gain traction in the media and in society. It is interesting to hear the various opinions being offered on how to address the expanding pay equity regulations taking place around the world. As described in a report by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services, done in association with Trusaic:…

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