California’s New Equal Pay Laws: Tips and Traps
California’s Equal Pay Act has long required the same pay for equal work regardless of an employee’s gender. It was one of the first fair-pay laws banning wage inequity between men and women working for the same employer.
This law expanded greatly in 2016 after Governor Brown signed the Fair Pay Act. As its name suggests, the new law goes far beyond the “equal Pay”, requiring “fair pay” for employees performing “substantially similar” work. Under the new amendments, California abandoned the requirement that duties be “equal” in favor of a rule comparing skill, effort and responsibility.
The new rules place heavy burdens on employers, who must now carefully document why employees of different genders, race or ethnicity are paid differently – even when they do not work at the same location.
This presentation examines the recent changes including differences between “equal” and “substantially similar”, the use of “legitimate factors” justifying pay differences, increased recordkeeping requirements, and best practices to ensure compliance. There will be time for questions as well.
The presenter, Richard Rybicki, is an employment attorney who advises management on labor and employment-law issues throughout Northern California. Mr. Rybicki will share his thoughts on the new law and steps employers should take to deal with this newly expanded law.