THE LAW. The Equal Pay Act (EPA) of 1963 prohibits employers from dishing out different wages or bene-fits on the basis of gender for "equal work on jobs (requiring) equal skill, effort and responsibility and which are performed under similar working conditions."
The EPA applies to all employees covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act, which means virtually all employees, and has no exclusion for small businesses. The law is administered by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which can conduct equal-pay audits even if it hasn't received a complaint and can initiate lawsuits on behalf of workers.
WHAT'S NEW? There's evidence the wage gap is widening, and that could spark more complaints and more inspections.
Also, the EEOC is already seeing the fruits of an Equal Pay Task Force it set up two years ago. Last year, employees filed 1,251 equal-pay charges and the EEOC brought in a record amount of monet...(register to read more)
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