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July 17, 2017

Beware of pay disparities hiding at your organization

Title VII, the Equal Pay Act, and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act are three federal laws that prohibit discrimination in pay. In addition to these federal laws, state and local laws aimed at pay disparity are popping up around the country (California, Massachusetts, New Orleans, New York, New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Puerto Rico). While historically, in a nonunion environment, employers were able to keep compensation confidential, the looming compensation reporting requirement for the EEO-1 means that employers will be handing over data to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that will highlight disparities in pay based on gender and race.

Senior Legal Editor Joan Farrell recently attended a presentation at the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) annual conference by attorneys Joseph Beachboard and Lara de Leon of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., who gave employers some advice on how to get a handle on pay disparities at their organizations, and steps they can take to address pay gaps. Farrell’s article on the presentation tells you what you need to know.

On another note, last Thursday the U.S. Senate released a revised version of its proposed Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal-and-replace bill, known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017. Senior Legal Editor Jennifer Carsen reviewed the proposal and you can get more information in her article on HR.BLR.com®.

Attorneys from BLR’s Employers Counsel Network (ECN) will cover these and other compliance priorities at our annual conference in November in Las Vegas—a great alternative to the mega conferences.

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Recent/Upcoming Compliance Dates

  • June 3, 2017: Employers in Nevada are prohibited from discriminating against an employee because he or she has inquired about, discussed, or voluntarily disclosed his or her wages or the wages of another employee.  The law does not apply to any person who has access to information about the wages of other persons as part of his or her essential job functions and discloses that information to a person who does not have such access.
  • July 1, 2017: Florida employers with 15 or more workers must provide unpaid leave to members of the Florida Civil Air Patrol for required training or missions.
  • July 7, 2017: A new West Virginia law bars lawsuits against employers, general contractors, premises owners, and other third parties based solely on the fact that they employed a nonviolent, nonsexual offender or a person who has had his or her felony conviction reduced to a misdemeanor under the law.  WV Code Sec. 61-11B-5

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