HR Dive: Q&A ‘Momentum is building’: Longtime advocate weighs in on the modern movement for fair pay
March 2. 2023
Employers have a central role to play in closing the pay gap. They can and should visibly promote pay equity, regularly measure and analyze pay data by race, sex, and ethnicity, and prioritize closing gaps… They should aim to lead in their industries by implementing progressive pay policies and sharing their lessons learned and best practices.
We’ve seen a powerful cultural shift driven by a younger generation of workers sharing salary information at work and online and expecting employer transparency when it comes to pay scales.
The demand for corporate leaders to listen and do better has created an opportunity to push for more progressive workplace policies, norms, and culture. Progressive leaders and advocates must keep pushing, and get more leaders on board, so this moment can lead to real, lasting change for a stronger and more inclusive economy.
Employers should make pay equity part of a broader commitment to employer policies demonstrating that diversity, equity, and inclusion are a priority. These include policies ensuring the hiring and promotion of underrepresented groups in the highest-paid jobs, job-protected paid leave, ending bias against mothers and caregivers and robust protection of reproductive healthcare access.