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Equal Pay

Oregon Expands Effort to Achieve Equal Pay

This month, Oregon joined a number of other states, including California, Massachusetts, Maryland, and New York by strengthening existing equal pay laws. The new law, the Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017 (“OEPA”), has three (3) central components: Applying equal pay protections to disparities based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, veteran …

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Proceed with Caution: Pay Differential Based on Prior Salary Can Be Lawful

Equal Pay litigation continues to cause angst for employers doing business in California. In addition to the federal Equal Pay Act, employers operating in California must comply with laws requiring equal pay for men and women for substantially similar work unless a statutory defense applies. The landscape of the equal pay protections is ever-changing, having …

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Puerto Rico Enacts Equal Pay Law, Prohibits Employers from Inquiring about Past Salary History

Almost two months after signing sweeping employment law reform, Governor Ricardo Rosselló has signed Puerto Rico Act No. 16 of March 8, 2017, known as the “Puerto Rico Equal Pay Act.” Act 16 is effective immediately. Although modeled after the federal Equal Pay Act, Act 16 goes further, limiting instances in which employers can inquire …

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Maryland Expands State Equal Pay Act

Also Broadens Employees’ Right to Discuss Wages Maryland has now joined New York and several other states that have recently passed legislation expanding state equal pay laws and/or broadening the right of employees to discuss their wages with each other (often called “wage transparency”). The Equal Pay for Equal Work Act of 2016 (“Act”), signed …

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