On June 5, the Senate voted against a motion that would have begun debate on the proposed Paycheck Fairness Act. This is one of the federal bills we are monitoring that, if passed into law, will have a major impact on employers.
The bill would amend the federal Equal Pay Act by adding nonretaliation provisions, increasing penalties against violators, and authorizing the labor secretary to seek compensatory and punitive damages in cases of sex discrimination in wages.
The Senate vote does not stop supporters of the bill from bringing it up again in the future. Supporters have already said that they will do so, as they feel the bill will close the wage gap between men and women. President Obama also supports this bill and has expressed disappointment at this delay.
MSEC will continue to monitor the bill and keep our members informed.