The Debate over Philadelphia’s Salary History Law Continues

Posted by Michiko Clark, Associate HR Consultant on September 25 2017

On September 15, in Philadelphia, PA, a group known as The Women’s Law Project, along with a host of other groups, urged a Pennsylvania Federal court not to block a recent law which bars employers from asking applicants about their pay history. The coalition, with the belief the ordinance would address the gender wage gap without hurting any businesses, filed an amicus brief supporting the city’s opposition to a bid from the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia for a preliminary injunction to bar the law from taking place.

Google and DOL Continue Battle Over Access to Broad Employee Pay Data

Posted by Michele Whitehead, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Senior Manager, Client Services on June 7 2017

It’s too expensive to prove there is no gender pay gap. This is Google’s argument following their refusal to turn over compensation data to the U.S. Department of Labor, highlighted on social media and various publications following a recent hearing before a DOL administrative law judge (ALJ). However, there’s another argument not receiving nearly as much buzz—Google has a constitutional right to raise a lawful defense against a request that, in its opinion, is unreasonable and goes beyond the scope of the DOL’s investigation.

Equal Pay Act Update: Can Salary History be a “Factor other than Sex?”

Posted by Katie Johnson, PHR, SHRM-CP, HR Consultant on June 2 2017

The use of a previous salary as a factor in setting starting pay has been a frequently debated topic. Many groups have argued that using pay history in setting starting pay has the risk of perpetuating pay discrimination that may have occurred in previous jobs. Some states are considering legislation that would ban employers from asking about previous pay and, in 2016, Massachusetts became the first state to ban asking about pay history. The issue is under current scrutiny in the case of Rizo v. Yovino. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently held that prior pay could be used as a defense for a pay disparity in certain circumstances because it is a factor “based on any other factor other than sex” under the Equal Pay Act (EPA). In the newest twist, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and employee advocacy groups recently asked the Ninth Circuit to revisit its decision, arguing that reliance on prior salary “perpetuates” what the EPA sought to correct.

Equal Pay Act Rulings - Can Salary History be a ‘Factor Other than Sex’?

Posted by Rachel Rubino, MS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP on May 17 2017

Circuit courts throughout the country have not come to a consensus when it comes to interpreting a critical portion of the federal Equal Pay Act, and whether it permits employers to base an employee’s salary on prior pay history alone. An April 2017 decision in the Ninth Circuit has added to the growing debate around this issue.

To Revoke or Not to Revoke: The New EEO-1 Reporting Requirements—No Answer Yet

Posted by Cheryl Boyer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice President of Client Services on April 27 2017

Within recent weeks, several individuals and groups sent letters to John (Mick) Mulvaney, the recently appointed director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). These letters have been in support of the revised EEO-1 report and in opposition of the revisions.