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Oregon Legislature Updates Equal Pay Act; Additional Changes to Administrative Rules Appear Likely
August 7, 2019
Oregon has passed a new bill, Senate Bill 123, making several changes to the Oregon Equal Pay Act (OEPA) that will aid employers’—and particularly employers with unionized workforces—compliance efforts.
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New Illinois Law Poised to Ban Salary History Inquiries
August 1, 2019
Among the bills awaiting signature by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker is an amendment to the Illinois Equal Pay Act of 2003 that would ban employers from asking job applicants for information about their wage, salary or benefits history. Governor Pritzker is expected to sign the bill, HB834.
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New York State Strengthens Equal Pay, Sexual Harassment Laws
June 28, 2019
New legislation expected to be signed by Governor Cuomo in the coming days will expand on current pay equality and anti-harassment laws.
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Alabama Enacts an Equal Pay Statute; Is It a Ban-The-Box Statute in Disguise?
June 28, 2019
On June 10, 2019, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed into law the Clarke-Figures Equal Pay Act (CFEPA), which becomes effective on September 1, 2019.
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Governor Signs Alabama's Equal Pay/Salary History Legislation
June 11, 2019
On June 10, 2019, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed into law the Clarke-Figures Equal Pay Act (HB 225), which becomes effective on September 1, 2019.
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“…federal judges are appointed for life, not for eternity.”
February 25, 2019
The U.S. Supreme Court vacated an opinion on the Equal Pay Act that had been issued by the en banc U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
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Will Boston Symphony Orchestra Equal Pay Lawsuit Provide Clarification? Maybe Not
January 7, 2019
Boston Symphony Orchestra’s principal flutist, Elizabeth Rowe, filed a lawsuit in Superior Court against the Orchestra alleging that she was paid less per year than the principal male oboe player because of her gender.
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Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries Publishes Final Rules in advance of the Oregon Equal Pay Act’s January 1, 2019 Effective Date
December 18, 2018
The final rules followed a rulemaking process where the agency received a significant number of stakeholder comments.
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Prior Salary Cannot Justify Wage Differentials Between Men And Women Under Federal Equal Pay
April 20, 2018
Employers cannot rely on prior salary history to justify differences in pay between men and women performing substantially similar work under the federal Equal Pay Act, according to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
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Employers Can’t Use Salary History to Defend Pay Gap
April 12, 2018
On Monday, April 9, 2018, the day before Equal Pay Day, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that employers cannot use an employee’s past salary to justify paying women less than men under the federal Equal Pay Act (EPA)
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A Closer Look at the AGO Guidance on Massachusetts’ New Pay Equity Law
March 6, 2018
As we announced in a Client Alert last week, the Attorney General has issued guidance on Massachusetts’ new pay equity law, which goes into effect on July 1, 2018.
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Oregon Employers Can No Longer Seek Salary History Information Beginning October 6
October 2, 2017
Bullard Law has previously written about the Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017 which was passed by the 2017 Legislature and signed into law by the Governor on June 1st. While most of the provisions of the new law do not go into effect until 2019 or even later, the provision that makes it an unlawful employment practice for a prospective employer to seek salary history of an applicant or employee goes into effect October 6, 2017.
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