The nation’s most aggressive equal pay law, the California Fair Pay Act, was signed into law last week. Effective January 1, 2016 for employers with California-based employees, this Act dramatically lowers the bar for an equal pay suit. It will:
- Permits plaintiffs to compare themselves with persons of the opposite sex working at any location for the same employer, and in any “substantially similar”—not the necessarily the same—job.
- Not require a showing of discriminatory intent or a specific practice or policy with a discriminatory impact.
- Require employers to justify all pay differentials and limits the reasons that employers can use to explain any differences.
Attend this webinar to learn about how this law will apply to your workplace and what to do now to prepare to defend your employee compensation. We will discuss the law, how it differs from existing law, and provide you with our observations on conducting pay analysis to assess and mitigate legal risk.