Monday, June 4, 2012

Obama Makes 11th-Hour Push for Paycheck Fairness Act

The Paycheck Fairness Act (here) is scheduled to come up for a vote in the Senate tomorrow and, while it isn’t expected to pass, the White House is taking the opportunity to campaign for the all-important women’s vote during this election season.  (See article from CBS News)

If enacted, the Act would alter key provisions of the Equal Pay Act of 1963.  For instance, it would become more difficult for employers to prevail on the Equal Pay Act’s “any factor other than sex” defense.  Significantly, it would also make punitive and compensatory damages available without requiring proof of discriminatory intent and would make it easier for plaintiffs to bring class-action lawsuits.  Other changes are included in the bill, including increased roles for the EEOC and Department of Labor for monitoring and remedying pay equality.

Again, it is expected that the bill will not pass the Senate, but expect to see more workplace legislation introduced and/or resurrected as the November election draws closer.

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