Women’s Soccer Pay Discrimination Update: Top Players File Suit

Posted by Stephanie Meyers, Associate HR Consultant on March 21 2019

All 28 members of the women’s national soccer team have filed a complaint against the USSF (United States Soccer Federation) due to the federation’s refusal to alter their pay practice. The suit was filed on International Women’s Day and was a follow-up to the action filed by Hope Solo last summer. For more information on that lawsuit, please refer to our previous blog here.

UPDATE on Stay of Collection of EEO-1 Pay Data Lifted by Court

Posted by Kristen N. Johnson on March 20 2019

The EEOC opened the reporting site on March 18 as planned—without the Part 2 compensation component—and on March 19 the parties that filed the lawsuit challenging the stay of collection of compensation data were in court asking EEOC to explain why the compensation section was not included in the 2018 report.

International Women’s Day 2019—We Can All Play A Part

Posted by January Mallory on March 8 2019

Over the last year, women have made major breakthroughs with many historical firsts.

Supreme Court Vacates Ninth Circuit Ruling

Posted by Kelly Andrews, PHR, SHRM-CP on March 7 2019

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court instructed the Ninth Circuit to reconsider its en banc ruling making it harder for businesses to justify paying women less than men. An en banc ruling is a session in which a case is heard before all judges of a court rather than a single judge or panel. The Supreme Court noted that because one of the judges, Stephen Reinhardt, who had passed away by the time the decision was filed, the circuit erred in counting him as a member of the majority. The ruling was handed down per curiam, which is a decision made by a judge or a court in unanimous agreement. The ruling vacated a precedent-shifting decision that revived a California math specialist’s sex discrimination suit. The ruling blocked employers from using women’s salary histories as a basis for paying less

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.

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Posted by January Mallory on August 14 2018

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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.