April 10 2014
ICS Executive Director and ICS Research Associate discuss executive orders and pay transparency
President Barack Obama issued two new executive actions related to the gender pay gap on April 8, 2014. April 8th is this year's Equal Pay Day, the symbolic day when women's earnings catch up to men's from the previous year. (It takes women an extra 3 months of wages to make up the average 23% pay gap for women working fulltime across all occupations.)
One of the two executive orders that target federal contractors states that federal contractors may not retaliate against employees discuss how much they are paid. While S t www.nlrb.gov/resources/national-labor-relations-act), the executive order could strengthen compliance. The second of the two executive orders will require federal contractors to report pay data that should illuminate something of any existing gender pay gaps in these organizations.
And, this month the Senate took up debate on the twice-rejected Paycheck Fairness Act, which also includes a clause to increase protections for employees who discuss their pay.
Institute for Compensation Studies Executive Director, Linda Barrington, and Research Associate, Stephanie Thomas, appeared on several media outlets to discuss and provide insight on the new executive orders, the U.S. gender pay, compensation transparency versus secrecy, and how the Paycheck Fairness Act, if passed, could change the rules.
- MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, Equal pay for equal work (10:14)
- Public Radio's Marketplace Economy (online), Monday, April 7, 2014, The best and worst states on closing the gender pay gap.
- Public Radios' Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, The wage gap; Why don't we talk about our paychecks at work (16:59, starting at minute 35:00)
- Public Radios' Press Play with host Madeleine Brand, Monday, April 7, 2014, Talking About Your Paycheck (6:00)
- Public Radios' Air Talk with Larry Mantle, Monday, April 7, 2014, How comfortable are you talking about salaries with coworkers? (19:44)
Also for an informative perspective on the gender pay gap:
Read Kevin F. Hallock's "Pay System Gender Neutrality" Research for the Real World, a monthly column in WorldatWork's workspan magazine
- Watch our webcast: 5 Years After Ledbetter – ILR Perspectives (56:20)