From Hollywood to the White House, the issue of wage gaps is a hot topic. The idea of "equal pay for equal work" has been the law of the land for decades but disparities persist, and a renewed focus on pay equity is creating new laws and regulations in states around the country. In many instances, lawmakers are deploying new tactics in their efforts to level the playing field, beyond simple language that sometimes creates a muddled mandate.
Asking "What's your current salary?" has been part and parcel of the hiring process for as long as employers have been hiring employees. However, several states have passed laws banning or restricting salary history questions during the hiring process. The logic behind these bans is that pay discrimination can follow employees from job to job throughout their careers, which can result in a systemic reduction in their earning power.
In this webinar, Fisher Phillips employment attorney Cheryl Pinarchick, founding Co-Chair of the firm's Pay Equity Practice Group, will review existing salary history bans to help employers comply with this evolving area of the law and eliminate confusion as to what employers can and cannot ask applicants when it comes to compensation.
- Develop an understanding of legislative efforts around the country to reduce or close the gender pay gap;
- Review existing and pending restrictions on questions related to salary history during the hiring process; and
- Gain practical guidance for how HR professionals can comply with these laws while still obtaining information critical to the hiring process.
Cheryl Pinarchick, partner in the Boston office of Fisher Phillips, is a founding Co-Chair of the firm's Pay Equity Practice Group. She represents employers in all areas of employment law and has extensive trial experience in state and federal courts throughout the United States. In response to the growing patchwork of state and local laws around issues of pay equity, Cheryl has been dedicating significant time to the legal issues surrounding pay equality, state pay equity legislation and litigation and pay equity compliance audits. She is a frequent presenter on pay equity matters both locally and nationally.