Magazine article HRMagazine

California Fair Pay Law Is Toughest in Nation

Magazine article HRMagazine

California Fair Pay Law Is Toughest in Nation

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A new law seeks to close the wage gap between men and women by requiring comparable pay for "substantially similar" work. The statute, dubbed the California Fair Pay Act, is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, 2016. It will shift to employers the burden of showing that differences in compensation between the genders are due to seniority, education, a merit system or another acceptable factor. It will be the toughest such act in the country, said Gary M. McLaughlin, a lawyer with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Los Angeles.

Labor and employment attorneys recommend that HR professionals prepare for the new law by gathering comprehensive data on workers' compensation, including salaries, pay rates, bonuses and job classifications. If an analysis uncovers what appear to be gender-based differences in compensation, the HR team should drill down and compare wages across offices, positions and worker experience, McLaughlin said. …

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