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‘Tis the season . . . for state legislatures to close for the year. While we’re seeing legislative activity at the state level slow down, the past few months brought a flurry of activity in the area of pay equity and bans on salary history inquiries.  Here is a recap of recent activity and noteworthy developments. Albany County, New York In October, the Albany County Legislature unanimously passed a salary history ban ordinance, Local Law
The Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017 greatly extends pay equity protections to a variety of protected classes, prohibits employers from asking for applicants’ salary history, and expands existing remedies available to employees. House Bill 2005 also offers key protections and a safe harbor for employers. Click here to read the full article on this development and its implications for employers.…
Iceland has introduced legislation that would require public and private employers to prove they are paying men and women equally for the same or equal work.  The country, ranked in the World Economic Forum’s 2016 Global Gender Gap Report as best in the world for gender equality, has had equal pay laws on the books for half a century pushing companies and the government to gradually reduce the pay gap.  Nevertheless, Icelandic women still…
The California Fair Pay Act (CFPA) took effect a little over a year ago (January 2016) but already has been expanded to: Prohibit the use of salary history alone to justify differences in pay; and Prohibit pay differences based on race and ethnicity (in addition to gender) between employees performing substantially similar work. Effective January 1, 2017, salary history alone cannot be used to justify any disparity in compensation between employees doing substantially…