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Moving Towards a Vote: The Paycheck Fairness Act S3772 HR 12
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid filed cloture on the latest version of the bill, making its consideration possible in next week’s lame-duck session of Congress. The Paycheck Fairness Act, introduced on September 13, 2010 by Senator Harry Reid and endorsed by President Obama and women’s rights groups, would make it easier for women to file class-action, punitive-damages suits against employers they accuse of sex-based pay discrimination. If the bill is passed, employers must have one pay rate for a job, not only at the entry level, but throughout the organization. Employers will face challenges and have less discretion in considering different salary histories for new hires, different salary demands from existing employees, and the size of pay raises for employees promoted into new roles. See our October 2010 Legislative Update for a full discussion of this legislation.
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