Fighting for Women's Equality

Obama Administration Announces New Equal Pay Rule

September 29, 2016 | by

Today, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) released their final rule for revisions to the Employer Information Report (EEO-1), which is filed annually by employers of 100 or more. Under the revised rule, employers must submit pay data by gender, race, and ethnicity. This change will greatly increase pay transparency nationally, an important step toward closing the gender wage gap.

“We applaud the Obama Administration for taking such a firm stand on equal pay and implementing policies that will help us achieve this goal,” said Noreen Farrell, Executive Director of Equal Rights Advocates and Chair of the national Equal Pay Today! Campaign. “Women continue to lose billions each year to the wage gap, with African American and Latina women facing the largest disparities. Increased pay transparency encourages employers to examine their own pay practices. Collecting this data will also help to ensure that state and federal equal pay laws are properly implemented and enforced.”

In California, ERA is co-sponsor of Assembly Bill 1890, which would require state contractors to report pay data by gender, race, and ethnicity. This bill currently sits on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk.

Join ERA on October 5 at a Town Hall in Berkeley where Senior Staff Attorney Jessica Stender will present on the importance of equal pay laws and gathering and evaluating pay data by gender, race, and ethnicity.

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