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New California Law Will Impact Equal Pay

If employers thought equal pay laws were tough in California, they better brace themselves. That is because a new equal pay law this year will make them even tougher. The standard for meeting equal pay was made much harder through a new law that went into effect January 1st of this year. Currently, employers must provide equal pay regardless of gender for "substantially similar work." So why does this make the law harder for employers?

California state lawmakers were likely intentional in changing the standard to "substantially similar" as this is a more difficult policy to implement for employers. It does not matter what the job title or description is for the employee. What the employee actually does on-the-job is what will determine the job description. Therefore, if a male has a different job title and description than a female and gets paid more even though their job is "substantially similar" that could give rise to a gender discrimination or wage and hour claim.

Some say Hollywood has been a factor in pushing for changes in equal pay in California, as many speeches during awards season last year as well as op-eds by high-profile actresses have put the issue in the spotlight.

Privacy and Disclosure Policies of Wages No Longer

Another stricter policy the new wage and hour law brings upon employers is you can no longer terminate an employee for disclosing salaries or wages with another employee. Secrecy and privacy when it comes to wages or salaries is thought by some to be one of the factors in equal pay disparities.

On the flip-side, it has made equal pay laws clearer for employers to understand and hopefully abide by. If you are an employee in California and believe under this new law you may have an employment law claim, discuss your situation with an experienced employee rights attorney.

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