Pay Equity Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Google

Posted by Lauren Buerger on September 19 2017

Eight months after the Department of Labor sued Google over refusing to provide pay data amidst an Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ (OFCCP) audit, three female former Google employees have filed a pay equity class action lawsuit against the company.

Texas County Sued by EEOC for Equal Pay Act Violation

Posted by Tricia Estacio on September 15 2017

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is suing Denton County, Texas for allegedly violating the Equal Pay Act by paying a female doctor less than a male doctor, both of whom work for the Denton County Health Department.

Full Ninth Circuit to Revisit Recent Panel Decision Finding that Employers Could Consider Prior Salary in Certain Circumstances

Posted by Brian LaCour on September 14 2017

It looks like the skepticism of employers relying on previous wage history is not limited to the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). The Ninth Circuit has decided to rehear a case, AILEEN RIZO v. JIM YOVINO, en banc. The case involves alleged pay discrimination against a female employee of Fresno County Office of Education (FCOE).

DOL Appeals ALJ’s Ruling in Google Compensation Data Fight

Posted by Brian LaCour on September 12 2017

On Wednesday, August 23, 2017, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) filed an appeal with the Administrative Review Board (ARB), officially challenging a recent decision denying the agency access to some of the documents it sought as part of its highly-publicized review of the compensation practices at Google Inc.’s headquarters location.

Learn About Pay Equity Analysis in September 27 Webinar

Posted by Mary Madden on September 8 2017

Register today and learn how recent fair pay legislation impacts your organization in this free webinar hosted by LocalJobNetwork.

Lynn Clements, Berkshire’s Director of Regulatory Affairs and former EEOC and OFCCP official, teams up with Tim Muma of LocalJobNetwork to bring you best practices for proactively managing this developing area of law in this informative webinar, “Pay Equity: What You Don’t Know Can Cost You.” Lynn will cover recent state and local law changes about fair pay, the new administration’s approach to pay discrimination, and how to proactively identify and address pay inequality issues in your organization. Register now for this free webinar on Wednesday, September 27 at 11:00 a.m Eastern and learn how to protect your company from potential pay equity risks.

Is Your Company in a State or Locality that Prevents You from Asking Applicants for Salary History?

Posted by Michiko Clark, Associate HR Consultant on August 14 2017

In an effort to address pay inequalities, several states and localities have taken recent steps to bridge this gap by amending or updating their pay equity laws. One measure that is trending amongst state and local governments is the proposed legislation that prohibits employers from requesting salary histories from job applicants. In the past year or so, Massachusetts, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Philadelphia, New York City, Delaware, and most recently San Francisco, have all passed laws that prohibit or limit organizations from requesting salary history from an applicant and/or using the applicant’s prior salary history to determine their starting pay. Let’s take a quick look at the specifics for a few these states and cities that have recently passed this type of legislation.

Oregon Becomes Next State to Revise Its Equal Pay Law

Posted by Andrea Csordas, SPHR, SHRM-CP on July 28 2017

After California, New York, Massachusetts, and Maryland revised their Equal Pay Laws in 2016, Puerto Rico and, most recently, Oregon followed the trend this year. The Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017 was passed on June 1, 2017.

ALJ Hands Google a Partial Victory in Battle with DOL Over Access to Broad Pay Data

Posted by Brian LaCour on July 21 2017

On July 14, 2017, Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Steven Berlin issued a recommended administrative decision in the publicity-generating case between Google and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). For those who have been following along, you know OFCCP sued Google in early January for access to additional employee pay data and employee contact information for more than 20,000 employees as part of a routine compliance review of Google’s headquarters.

Court Ruled Against Prince George’s County, Maryland in Pay Discrimination Case

Posted by Sonia Chapin, SPHR, SHRM-SCP on June 23 2017

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently settled an Equal Pay Act (EPA) claim with Prince George’s County’s Department of Environment (DOE). This settlement is another example of the continued regulatory focus on pay equity which highlights the agency’s efforts to ferret out individual cases of pay discrimination. Equal pay is of one of six national priorities currently outlined in the EEOC’s Strategic Enforcement Plan.

PODCAST: Will Component 2 of the EEO-1 Report Go Forward?

Posted by Lynn A. Clements, Director, Regulatory Affairs on June 16 2017

Listen to Lynn Clements, Director of Regulatory Affairs at Berkshire Associates, discuss recent developments at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and how these developments—along with the current political climate—impacts whether or not the revised EEO-1 Report will move forward. 

Lynn also provides listeners with steps employers can take to be proactive, and remain prepared to file.