Diversity, Retention & Pay Equity

By Erin Hawthorne, Tessa Cranfield, and Daniel E. Waldman

Seyfarth Synopsis: For a variety of historical and social reasons, US law permits (and in some cases requires) employers to affirmatively track and provide opportunity to historically underrepresented groups in the workplace. Companies are permitted to (and in some cases must) gather data from candidates and employees regarding
Continue Reading American Companies Face Considerable Risks Implementing Their Diversity Plans Abroad

By Erin Dougherty Foley and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: These new regulations require federal agencies to be “model employers” of individuals with disabilities. As such, they now must take specific steps that are “reasonably designed” to gradually increase the number of employees who have a disability.

We had blogged previously about the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Advance Notice
Continue Reading EEOC Rule on Affirmative Action for Individuals With Disabilities in Federal Employment

By Kristin McGurn and Molly Mooney

Seyfarth Synopsis: A coalition report issued by DOJ and EEOC that tackles workplace diversity barriers in the ranks of law enforcement sheds light on the agencies’ views of best practices for enhancing diversity in recruitment, hiring and retention, which are applicable to all employers.

On October 5, 2016, the Department of Justice’s (DOJ)
Continue Reading DOJ and EEOC Release Diversity in Law Enforcement Report

By Kevin A. Fritz and Kyla Miller

Seyfarth Synopsis: SEC announced they are proposing a new rule to elicit more information about the diversity of corporate board members, maintaining that the amount of minority directors at the largest public companies has “stagnated” at 15%.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), long known as “the disclosure agency” has a strong impact
Continue Reading SEC To Tighten Enforcement On Companies’ Accountability For The Glass Ceiling

Seyfarth Synopsis: Members of the Pay Equity Group are hosting an in-person discussion June 22nd to help employers stay ahead of this trend.

As you have likely gathered with the plethora of recent media coverage, pay equity presents one of the fastest moving issues in the employment law landscape.

Politicians have added the “Pay Gap” to their arsenal of campaign
Continue Reading Invitation – Safeguarding Your Company, Pay Equity Briefing

By Annette Tyman, Katherine Mendez, and Christopher W. Kelleher

Seyfarth Synopsis:  Maryland Governor Hogan has signed into law a new pay equity bill that strengthens protection against pay discrimination in the workplace, and prohibits employers from providing less favorable employment opportunities because of sex or gender identity. 

Maryland has joined states such as California and New York by
Continue Reading Maryland Passes One of Nation’s Most Expansive Equal Pay Laws

By Kristina M. Launey with Christine Hendrickson

Seyfarth Synopsis.  Responding to inquiries regarding your company’s stance on pay equity can be dicey.  Having a strategy on how you address questions is important. 

Every time a client asks “what do I say” in response to employee inquiries about what the client’s company is doing to ensure fair pay, Justin Bieber’s song
Continue Reading Pay Equity Communications (AKA: What do I say?)

By Maria Papasevastos and Nadia Bandukda

On Monday, the New Jersey Assembly approved a pay equity bill that would amend the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination to strengthen protections against pay discrimination in the workplace.

The bill already passed the Senate last month, and is now being sent to Governor Christie’s desk.  While Christie has vetoed or conditionally vetoed similar
Continue Reading New Jersey Legislature Fist Pumps for Pay Equity

By Christine Hendrickson, Valerie J. Hoffman, Lawrence Z. Lorber, Annette Tyman

If there was any doubt that pay equity is major risk area for employers, that doubt should now be erased.  This morning, on the seventh anniversary of the signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the EEOC made a startling announcement.

The EEOC announced its
Continue Reading New EEOC Pay Report Proposed For Employers in 2017

By Annette Tyman, Christine Hendrickson and Kristina M. Launey

Yesterday, October 6, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the   California Fair Pay Act, which media observers have called the nation’s most aggressive equal pay law. The Fair Pay Act will be effective January 1, 2016 for employers with California-based employees.

How Does This Law Differ From Current Laws Addressing Pay
Continue Reading California Governor Signs Strictest Equal Pay Law in U.S.