April 09, 2021
The Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 7), a gender pay equity bill that would significantly impact employer compensation policies in the face of increased litigation, is scheduled for a House floor vote next week. In anticipation of the vote, the Association hosted a webinar offering a deep dive into what employers should know about the bill.
Association staff were joined by Johnna Torsone, Chair of the Future Workplace Policy Council and Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Pitney Bowes, Inc. to discuss the most consequential aspects of the bill, including:
Also discussed was a safe harbor approach providing employers conducting internal audits of their pay practices protections against liability. Such a safe harbor is not currently included in the Paycheck Fairness Act but does exist on the state level and in competing pay equity legislation—the Wage Equity Act, expected to be re-introduced by Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY).
In addition to the webinar, the Association has also been offering a series of daily emails providing a quick overview of each of the significant provisions of the bill. Each of these briefs can be found here.
Outlook: With 225 cosponsors, it is almost certain that the Paycheck Fairness Act will pass the House. Assuming the filibuster remains in place, its chances in the Senate will depend on the willingness of a sufficient number of Republicans to vote against allowing the bill to proceed. A recording of the webinar can be found here.