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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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 The final rule, Independent Contractor Status Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, was effectively withdrawn on May 5, before ever taking effect.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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Illinois SB 1480 Pay Data Reporting Law Gets Amended

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The state government of Illinois recently enacted sweeping changes to its equal pay laws. Originally signed into law right before Equal Pay Day 2021, Illinois SB 1480 was amended by SB 1487 on June 25, 2021 to provide greater clarification on how Illinois employers must comply with the new equal pay obligations. There are three…

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What You Need to Know About the Oregon Equal Pay Act

Oregon Equal Pay Act

Several states and cities are passing laws to further bolster the federal Equal Pay Act. In this post, we are looking at Oregon’s Equal Pay Act of 2017. First introduced in June 2017, the Oregon Equal Pay Act (OEPA) takes an aggressive stance on pay equity. The law expands the definition of “protected class” under…

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Connecticut HB 6380 Requires Salary Range Disclosure

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Effective October 1, 2021, Connecticut employers will have new significant pay equity obligations. Signed into law on June 7, 2021, House Bill No. 6380 (An Act Concerning the Disclosure of Salary Range for a Vacant Position) applies to all organizations within the Constitution State that have at least one employee. Although HB 6380 amends Connecticut…

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ESG Stocks Perform Better, But Rankings Can Vary Widely

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It’s no secret that public companies that are ranked highly for their environmental, social, and governance (ESG) efforts are performing well with investors – better, in fact, than those who aren’t. What’s not so well known is that the rankings can be dramatically different depending on who’s providing them. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) recently…

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Honest, Accessible Metrics are Key to D&I Reporting and Progress

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A recent article in the Harvard Business Review (HBR) says that organizations must move beyond “performative commitments” to diversity and inclusion (D&I) reporting. The reason is that today, current (and potential) employees and customers are “holding companies accountable for meaningful change.” How can companies ensure they’re making changes that make a difference? According to a…

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Congress Holds Hearing on Pay Equity, Proposed Laws

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Last month, in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion held a virtual hearing entitled, “Closing the Racial and Gender Wealth Gap Through Compensation Equity.” Among the matters discussed were two pieces of legislation aimed at closing gender and racial pay gaps. According to the House Committee on Financial Services, the…

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