Alabama Governor Signs Pay Equity Legislation

On June 11, 2019, Governor Kay Ivey signed Alabama House Bill 225, making Alabama the 49th state to adopt equal pay legislation. The act prohibits an employer from paying an employee a lower wage rate than an employee of another race or sex for equal work in the same establishment, where job performance requires “equal skill, effort, education, experience, and responsibility” and occurs “under similar working conditions.”

Will Alabama Governor Sign Pay Equity Legislation?

Federal law already prohibits employers from paying an employee less than employees of another sex for equal work, unless the employer bases the wage difference on statutorily defined factors. Alabama and Mississippi were the only two states without corresponding state-specific laws until Representative Adline Clarke, D-Mobile, introduced Alabama House Bill 225 on March 19, 2019.

And So It Begins Again: OFCCP Has Posted New List of Contractors That May Be Audited

On March 25, 2019, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published a list of contractors and subcontractors identified for a potential compliance evaluation in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 (which will end on September 30, 2019) on its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Library. The FY 2019 Corporate Scheduling Announcement Letter (CSAL) List is the first to be posted exclusively online, rather than sent through the United States mail.

Addressing a Gap: OFCCP Will Require Verification of Written AAP Compliance

On August 24, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued three directives, including Directive 2018-07, Affirmative Action Program Verification Initiative, which aims at ensuring covered contractors are annually preparing and implementing written affirmative action programs (AAPs). This directive could have a wide-ranging impact on covered contractors, especially those that encounter challenges in preparing written AAPs annually.

OMB Decides to Review and Stay EEO-1 Pay Data Collection

On August 29, 2017, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Acting Chair Victoria A. Lipnic announced that the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) had sent her a memo indicating that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) “is initiating a review and immediate stay of the effectiveness of the pay data collection aspects of the EEO-1 form that was revised on September 29, 2016.”

Governor Cuomo Signs Executive Orders to Close the Wage Gap as part of “New York Promise” Agenda

There is no doubt that pay equity and pay data have both been a major focus of the federal government enforcement agenda during the Obama administration. While we wait to see if and how the Trump administration will address equal pay enforcement, several states continue to advance measures on pay equity. For example, Texas is considering a pay equity bill prohibiting employers from asking about an applicant’s wage history. Earlier this week, on January 9, 2017, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed two executive orders “to put New York on the fast track to eliminate the wage gap.” The executive orders, which Governor Cuomo signed as part of his 12th proposal of the 2017 State of the State Agenda, prevent employers from asking applicants about their salary histories and require certain government contracts to include data on employees’ job titles and salaries.

OMB Renews OFCCP’s Scheduling Letter and Itemized Listing Until 2019

On July 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) renewed the Scheduling Letter and Itemized Listing for three years. As a result, as of July 1, OFCCP will begin using the renewed letter to initiate compliance evaluations of nonconstruction supply and service government contractors. The last time OFCCP had released a revised scheduling letter and itemized listing was in October of 2014.