While it may seem like an issue of the past, the gender pay gap is still a prevalent concern. Our recent white paper, the “Impact of New Gender Pay Equality Laws”, addresses the impact of this gap and the current laws in place to combat it.
In January 2016, Governor Jerry Brown passed the California Fair Pay Act, one of the toughest pay equity laws in the nation.
With this act came five major changes:
1. Employee comparison based on location.
Employees can be compared even if they do not work at the same establishment, meaning the pay of an employee in one location may be compared to the pay of other employees who work hundreds of miles apart.
2. Employee comparison based on responsibility.
Employees can be compared even if they do not hold the “same” or equal” job titles. The new law requires only a showing that the employees are engaged in “substantially” similar work, skill, effort, and responsibilities performed under similar conditions.