With Governor Jerry Brown’s signature, California officially amended its equal pay legislation through the California Fair Pay Act (the Act) to include more employee-friendly provisions. The Act, which now creates the nation’s strongest equal pay protections, seeks to close the pay gap in California. The Act may serve as a model for legislation in other states and supporters are even hopeful the Act’s passage may finally push Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which has been introduced in Congress every year since 1994 and upon which California’s legislation was based.
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- California enacts significant gender pay equity statute (Sidley Austin LLP)
- Preparing for compliance with California’s new Fair Pay Act (Reed Smith LLP)
- California employers face stringent new equal pay requirements (Jackson Lewis PC)