Paycheck Fairness Act

Bulletin.…..The U.S. Senate failed on November 17 to reach the required number of votes to bring S.3772 to a full vote, which means this measure has been defeated for this session of Congress.  Thank you to everyone who called their Senators to encourage their NO vote!

HR Alert- Paycheck Fairness Act

The lame duck session of Congress starts on November 15.  The U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote as early as November 17th on the “Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 3772).”  The House passed the PFA back in January.  Here is what this bill will do to employers:

  1. Significantly restrict the factors HR professionals use to compensate employees.  It would prohibit employers from using many legitimate factors such as professional experience, education, training, shift differentials and profitability of the company when making compensation decisions.
  2. Authorize EEOC and the Department of Labor to collect wage information from employers and would effectively encourage employees to publicize their co-workers’ wages by preventing employer retaliation against an individual who publically discloses the wages of other employees.

I have been an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management for many years.  This is the largest professional HR group in the world.  SHRM is strongly opposed to this measure.  I urge you to please contact our two U.S. senators now and tell them to vote against S. 3772, the Paycheck Fairness Act.  The vote may come up as early as Wednesday, November 17, so your phone call or email is urgently requested.  Let Senator Bennet (202-224-5852, and Senator Udall (202-224-5941, know how you feel today!  Employers need to be focused on creating more jobs rather than complying with more bureaucracy!

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