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‘Victory for equal pay’: Judge rules Trump administration must require companies to report pay by gender, race
The Obama-era pay data collection requirement aims to tackle employer discrimination against women and minorities.
Note: Companies forced to report this information have more equal pay. A study looking at a British survey found that making pay practices transparent raised all employees’ wages. And gender wage gaps are far smaller in both unionized workplaces and the public sector, where pay scales are usually available to anyone.
Equal Pay Day is April 2, 2019. https://www.pay-equity.org/day.html
Black Women’s Equal Pay Day is Aug. 7.
The 2017 Oregon Legislature passed a landmark Equal Pay Act, putting Oregon at the forefront toward equalizing pay between women and men. Trish Garner, Public Policy Chair of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) of Oregon, will lead a discussion of this important legislation at the Tuesday, July 24 meeting of the Central Oregon Coast Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW). The discussion will take place at 6 pm in the McEntee Meeting Room, Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye Street, Newport. The public is invited.
OREGON’s new FAIR PAY ACT specifies that: (1) an employer cannot pay an employee less because of their sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, age, disability or veteran status; (2) an employer can’t pay an employee’s coworker more for a comparable job unless the entire pay gap is based on one or more of these conditions: seniority, merit, quality or quantity of production, education, training, experience, workplace location or travel; (3) an employer cannot screen job applicants based on current or previous compensation or determine salary on that basis; (4) an employer cannot ask a potential new hire how much he or she is currently paid or has been paid in the past until after making a job offer that includes compensation; and (5) an employer cannot cut an employee’s pay to follow this law or retaliate against the employee for asking for equal pay.
A cultural shift must take place.
April 10 is Equal Pay Day—marking the number of extra days into 2018 the average woman has to work to earn as much as her male counterpart did in 2017. No…