Equal pay claims just got a lot tougher to defend in California. Last month, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 358, a new law which aims to curb a statewide pay disparity between men and women. The law, dubbed the California Fair Pay Act, goes into effect on January 1, 2016 and requires immediate, affirmative assessment by most California employers.
Overview of the California Fair Pay Act.
Current law already requires California employers to pay men and women the same wage for performing equal work in the same establishment. The new law broadens that requirement. It removes the term “equal work” and replaces it with “substantially similar work.” This means work that is substantially similar when viewed as “a composite of skill, effort, and responsibility, and performed under similar working conditions.” The new law also removes the “same establishment” requirement, meaning that employees can now bring equal pay claims by showing the employer paid an opposite sex employee at a different location higher wages for substantially similar work.
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