Friday, March 12, 2010

WIRTW #118


The big story that I missed this week is the refocused Congressional attention on the passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act on Capitol Hill. This law would make the following key changes to pay discrimination law:

  1. Prohibits an employers from retaliating against employees for discussing wage information.
  2. Permits uncapped punitive and compensatory damages for Equal Pay Act claims.
  3. Requires employers to show “a bona fide factor other than sex, such as education, training, or experience” to establish a defense to a EPA claim (a much more difficult standard than the current “any factor other than sex” standard).
  4. Changes classes in EPA class actions from “opt in” to “opt out.”

Take a look at the following posts from my fellow blawgers to catch up on what is happening with this important piece of legislation on the Hill:

Here’s the rest of the best I read this week:

Wage & Hour

Labor Relations

Harassment

Other Discrimination

Technology


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