Oregon Senate passes Equal Pay Act of 2017

Neighboring Pacific Northwest state unanimously passes Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017. The bill aims to shrink the stubborn pay gaps between genders, races and other protected classes that are disadvantaged by pay discrimination. Importantly, the policy also encourages companies to proactively examine their own pay practices before a lawsuit is filed.

On Women’s Equality Day, More Companies Promise Change

100% Talent signatory Deloitte is among the dozens of businesses that have signed on to the White House Equal Pay Pledge. Companies that sign on acknowledge the critical role that businesses must play in reducing the national gender pay gap.

 

NYT Opinion: Professions Associated with Women Are Lower Paid

In it’s Room for Debate series, New York Times guest columnists explore “How to Reduce the Pay Gap Between Men and Women.”  Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, says that to disrupt the wage gap, society must re-assess cultural norms that devalue work that is done in the home.  She notes that this work has also been excluded from equal protection and labor laws for decades.

NYT Opinion: Salary Transparency Is Key to Narrowing Gender Pay Disparities

In it’s Room for Debate series, New York Times guest columnists explore “How to Reduce the Pay Gap Between Men and Women.”  Jake Rosenfeld, author and sociologist, argues that wage transparency laws and banning the use of salary histories will empower women and racial and ethnic minority workers to speak out against unfair pay practices.

A Conservative Push for Paid Family Leave

Conservative think tank American Action Forum surprised many with its issuance of a policy proposal for paid family leave. The plan offers up to 12 weeks of paid leave to the working poor and is modeled on the already successful earned income tax credit.

President Barack Obama: “This Is What a Feminist Looks Like”

“In my lifetime we’ve gone from a job market that basically confined women to a handful of often poorly paid positions to a moment when women not only make up roughly half the workforce but are leading in every sector, from sports to space, from Hollywood to the Supreme Court.”  President Obama reflects on the work done and work left to do in achieving gender equality.

IMF Analyzes Fiscal Policies That Promote Gender Equality, Releases Toolkit

The IMF has conducted the first-ever global review of policymakers’ use of tax and spending policies to promote gender equality and has released an online database toolkit of gender equality indicators worldwide.

Development’s Gender Gap: The Case for More Funding for Women and Girls

The gender gap in development assistance persists despite a substantial body of evidence confirming that investment in women yields high returns on poverty eradication, economic growth, and food security.  Foreign Affairs explores how development leaders could meet broad international goals by elevating advancement for women and girls as a global priority.

City of Seattle, a 100% Talent Signatory, Proposes Workforce Equity Plan and Increases Family Leave

The Seattle City Council and Mayor’s office have proposed a Joint Comprehensive Action Plan to promote greater workforce equity, including actions to improve equity in hiring and promotion and career development, as well as broadening existing parental leave policy and increasing current family care benefits for City employees.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Issues New Guidance on Women’s Rights in the Workplace

On June 14, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC or Commission) participated in the White House United State of Women Summit.  Coinciding with the Summit, the EEOC issued three resource documents that provide insight into the EEOC’s enforcement positions on topics such as wage equality and accommodations for pregnant employees.