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Treat for Employers: Trump Administration Ends Obama-Era Equal Pay Rule
10/20/2017
By: Travis Hanson
President Trump has stopped an Obama-era rule requiring large companies to report how much they pay workers by race and gender. The goal of the rule was to help in closing the wage gap between men and women, and between different racial groups, by providing additional transparency to the issue. The Trump administration claims it halted the rule on the belief that it would not work as planned.
 
The rule required private employers with over 100 employees, and federal contractors with 50 or more employees, to disclose wage and pay data to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Under the rule, the EEOC would have used the data in investigating complaints regarding disparities in pay. The data would not have been made public; however, the EEOC would have released the aggregate data about pay in various industries, broken down by race and gender.
 
Some critics of the rule argued that it was not precise enough to be useful. Supporters of the rule disagreed, arguing that employers that monitor themselves have smaller pay gaps.
 

For Kansas employers with over 100 employees, this move means that you will not have to provide this data to the EEOC starting in 2018, as the rule had not gone into effect before its suspension.

 


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Don Berner, the Labor Law, OSHA, & Immigration Law Guy
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