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New laws, new rules: Equal pay emerges as hot issue to watch

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The equal pay movement gained significant ground in 2015, with new equal pay legislation enacted in two large states, new pay equity rules issued for federal contractors and equal pay legislation introduced in several states.

President Obama discussed the need for equal pay during his 2015 State of the Union address. Hollywood got into the act, too, with high-profile actors speaking out publicly against pay inequality.

Equal pay is sure to continue to be a hot-button issue in 2016 as the presidential campaign progresses and state legislators around the country consider pending bills. Below is a summary of the key legislative and regulatory developments employers should familiarize themselves with and some tips for equal pay compliance.

State versus federal pay laws

Two states—California and New York—passed new equal pay legislation in October 2015. Both statutes prohibit employers from requiring pay secrecy or penalizing emp...(register to read more)

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