On 14 March 2023, we recognize Equal Pay Day in the US. This date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn the same amount that men earned in the previous year. Because women earn less, on average, than men (according to the US Census Bureau), they must work longer for the same amount of pay. It is vital to know that the wage gap is even greater for most women of color.
In recent years legislatures have passed stricter laws aimed at combating gender pay discrimination. States and municipalities are arming themselves with different tools: laws range from lowering the bar for equal pay lawsuits by fundamentally altering how equal pay claims are analyzed in court to banning questions about salary history and more. The latest trend is requiring wage range disclosures in job postings and certain other employment situations, even if a covered employer has few employees – or in some cases, only one employee — working in the state or municipality enacting the law.
In the first video of our ID&E IMPACT video chats miniseries, Baker McKenzie’s Employment & Compensation lawyers discuss the increasing requirements for employers to disclose pay information, and practical tips to help negotiate the current landscape, particularly as a multistate employer.
Review our Global Pay Equity Compliance Compendium Brochure for information on how we’re supporting employers in navigating the quickly evolving pay equity compliance landscape across the US and around the globe.
Read further to see how our team is helping employers navigate ID&E in the workplace:
- Inclusion, Diversity & Equity in the Workplace: Innovative Solutions for Developing, Implementing and Sustaining a Respectful Workforce
Also, be sure to watch our related videos:
- Employers – All eyes on salary and pay range disclosure in US job postings
- The Proliferation of Pay Transparency Laws: What US Employers Need to Know
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