Update to Executive Order 13658 Issued This Week

Posted by Kristen N. Johnson on September 27 2018

A final rule implementing Executive Order (EO) 13838 was issued this week by the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor. EO 13838 provides exemptions for some federal contracts that were established under EO 13658 “Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors.”

Federal Minimum Wage is Increased for Federal Contractors

Posted by Lauren Buerger on September 14 2018

According to a final ruling announced by the Department of Labor in September 2017, the hourly minimum wage for employees performing work on or in connection with federal contracts will be raised as of January 1, 2019. For organizations covered by Executive Order 13658, the new rates will be $10.60/hour (from $10.35/hour) and $7.40/hour (from $7.25/hour) for tipped employees.

Hope Solo Strikes Again at the Women’s Pay Gap

Posted by Suzanne Keys, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, HR Consultant on August 31 2018

Hope Solo, a former goalkeeper for the U.S. women’s national soccer team, has filed a lawsuit in California Federal Court against the U.S. Soccer Federation for violating the Equal Pay Act.

OFCCP Announces New Directives

Posted by Kelly Andrews, PHR, SHRM-CP on August 24 2018

Today, OFCCP announced three different directives geared towards maximizing the success of compliance assistance outreach for federal contractors. The directives include new procedures for reviewing compensation practices, a program to verify that contractors are in full compliance with federal AAP requirements, as well as an initiative that will establish a program that recognizes contractors with high-quality and high-performing compliance initiatives.

VIEW RECORDING - Get Recent Updates in Pay Equity Laws and More with Berkshire and LocalJobNetwork

Posted by January Mallory on August 14 2018

Duration: 60 minutes
Cost:  Free
Recorded: September 2018
Presenter: Lynn Clements, Berkshire’s Director of Regulatory Affairs

Download this presentation hosted by LocalJobNetwork with compliance expert Lynn Clements, as she discusses pay equity law updates and trends. 

Update: Philadelphia Salary History Ban

Posted by Suzanne Keys, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, HR Consultant on June 8 2018

At the end of April, we reported that U.S. District Judge Mitchell Goldberg issued a preliminary injunction regarding a City of Philadelphia ordinance, which prevents employers from asking about a job applicant’s salary history and using those salary histories to set wages. Judge Goldberg struck down the provision that employers are not able to ask about a job applicant’s prior salary. He indicated there is insufficient evidence that a worker disclosing a salary that may be the result of past discrimination would mean the prospective employer would offer a lower wage. The City did not sufficiently address if lower wages could be the result of non-discriminatory factors such as qualifications or experience, and thus, he ruled it is acceptable for employers to request salary history.

NJ is the Next State to Enact Equal Pay Law

Posted by Kelly Andrews, PHR, SHRM-CP on April 27 2018

Recently, New Jersey governor Phil Murphy signed a bill aimed at promoting equal pay for workers. This law promotes equal pay for workers regardless of race or gender. According to estimates, women in New Jersey earn roughly 81 cents on the dollar compared to men, which is closely in line with the national pay gap of 80 cents on the dollar.

9th Circ. Rules Prior Salary Can’t Justify Wage Differential between Opposite Sex Employees

Posted by Andrea Csordas, SPHR, SHRM-CP on April 25 2018

In a closely-watched case, on April 9, the Ninth Circuit held in an en banc decision that “prior salary alone or in combination with other factors cannot justify wage differential” between employees of the opposite sex under the federal Equal Pay Act.

Uber Reaches $10 Million Settlement on Race and Gender Pay Suit

Posted by Stephanie Meyers, Associate HR Consultant on April 23 2018

Uber Technologies Inc. recently agreed to a preliminary settlement of class claims alleging the ride-sharing giant discriminated against female and minority engineers. Employees who filed the suit claimed that Uber violated the California Equal Pay Act and Private Attorneys General Act, stating that female and employees of color were valued less than male, white, or Asian American peers. The employees claim this resulted in lower performance ratings despite equal or better performance and lower pay.

We Hope to See You at DirectEmployers 2018 Annual Meeting & Conference in April

Posted by January Mallory on April 4 2018

Join us as Berkshire’s President, Beth Ronnenburg collaborates with Tim Orellano, President of the Human Resources Team, for a lively session on compensation interviews and their increase in popularity during OFCCP compliance reviews during the April 25 session at DirectEmployers 2018 Annual Meeting & Conference.