HRProfessionals Magazine February 2016


February 2016 Issue Highlights


In the Spotlight: Janna Rogers, RN, CCM, SHRM-SCP, SPHR


February Breaking News

breaking newsOn the anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act signed into law in 2009, President Obama announced executive action to require companies with 100 employees or more to report to the federal government how much they pay their employees broken down by race, gender, and ethnicity. The new regulation is being jointly published by the EEOC and the DOL. The purpose of the new regulation is to help prevent discrimination and reduce the gender pay gap.

Currently women in full-time jobs earn 79 cents for every dollar a man earns. In addition, it is reported that the gender wage gap in the U.S. is 2.5 percentage points larger than the average among industrialized countries.

The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which President Obama signed into law in 2009, allows employees to file lawsuits regarding equal pay for up to 180 days after a discriminatory paycheck. President Obama will also call on Congress again to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act. The EEOC states “this new data will assist the agency in identifying possible pay discrimination and assist employers in promoting equal pay in their workplaces.” According to the EEOC, the data will identify industry and occupations with the worst pay disparities. The compensation data would be an addition to employment information companies are already required to submit annually on race and gender. The aggregate data will be published to help employers “facilitate voluntary compliance.” The new requirements will begin in 2017.



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