var currentLocation = getCookie("SHRM_Core_CurrentUser_LocationID"); The landmark ruling acknowledged that in certain industries, wages were … Examples given of these in the bill include social and communication skills, taking responsibility for the well-being of others, cultural knowledge, and sensitivity. Please note that all such forms and policies should be reviewed by your legal counsel for compliance with applicable law, and should be modified to suit your organization’s culture, industry, and practices. But the amended bill states that it applies to workforces that are “approximately 60%” women. The Paycheck Fairness Act, which passed the House by a vote of 242-187 on a largely party-line basis, is sponsored by Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), and would make sweeping … The landmark ruling acknowledged that in certain industries, wages were lower because the work was mainly carried out by women, and as a result, the employer discriminated against its female workforce. The Spinoff Weekly compiles the best stories of the week – an essential guide to modern life in New Zealand, emailed out on Monday evenings. have any issues contact us on members@thespinoff.co.nz. Reducing your organisation's gender pay gap is more than ensuring equal pay, it also requires a balance of genders at all levels and layers of the organisation. The 19th Amendment did not include a deadline, and the 27th Amendment passed Congress in 1789 but was not ratified until 1992, she noted. Please log in as a SHRM member before saving bookmarks. Your session has expired. The deadline was extended until 1982, but no other states had ratified the ERA by then, and five states—Idaho, Kentucky, Nebraska, South Dakota and Tennessee—voted to rescind their ratification. At the moment, some occupations considered “female-dominated” would be care workers, retail workers and nurses. Richard Wagstaff, president of New Zealand’s Council of Trade Unions (CTU) welcomed the changes brought in by the Equal Pay Amendment Act. “When people come together in union to solve an issue they are more powerful and effective than when facing the issue alone,” he said. The bill doesn’t list any specific industries, probably because this might exclude future or changing industries. How the COVID-19 pandemic will change work for the better, Mental health in the workplace: Don’t underestimate the power of chit chat, Timely names Mary Haddock-Staniland as NZ’s first chief people inclusion officer, Fun Friday: Workers are hungry for this powerful perk, How NZ’s immigration changes will affect you, Thousands at rubber glove factory test positive for COVID-19. He said: "We are closer to achieving equal pay in New Zealand. Applicants now have the option to test from home. Members can get help with HR questions via phone, chat or email. By being transparent about pay practices from the beginning, you can reduce the risk of a claim before it happens. The House Judiciary Committee has passed a resolution to remove the deadline for ratification from the ERA's preamble. ​It's been nearly a hundred years in the making, but the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) soon may be ratified, bolstering calls for equal pay and greater gender diversity in the workplace. “Working women have been campaigning to equalise the gender pay imbalance for decades. A complaint must first be directed in writing, within one month of publication, to info@thespinoff.co.nz. Meanwhile Andrew Little, the newly appointed minister for workplace relations, said the bill would make it easier for industry-level pay disputes to be resolved and help people avoid the courts. The Spinoff is subject to NZ Media Council procedures. Claims take lots of time and resources so taking steps to rectify any possible grounds for claims can save time and money in the long run. var currentUrl = window.location.href.toLowerCase(); This can be completed by reviewing the gender split by pay levels and identifying what proportion of women are receiving the highest pay, and what proportion of men are receiving the lowest pay. On March 27, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, an act designed to amend and strengthen the existing federal Equal Pay Act (“EPA”), 29 U.S.C. ​Find news & resources on specialized workplace topics. On Thursday night, the Equal Pay Amendment Bill was finally passed unanimously by parliament. The bill has made the bargaining process easier by setting out guidelines for comparing pay between “female-dominated industries” and their male counterparts. Changes to New Zealand’s Equal Pay Act have come into force, marking a positive step towards reducing gender pay imbalance. One of the criteria for the comparison is that male employees in jobs used for comparison “have the same, or substantially similar, skills, responsibility, and service”. Alice Paul, a suffragist, wrote the ERA in 1921 after women got the right to vote. She outlined four factors employers should consider in order to stay on top of these changes: As well as these areas of analysis, Love said applying diversity lenses during annual salary review processes are a vital tool to reducing the likelihood of a claim. else if(currentUrl.indexOf("/about-shrm/pages/shrm-mena.aspx") > -1) { Maintain a positive working relationship with your workforce's union(s) as this is likely going to be the source of a claim. Application of section 13K of Equal Pay Act 1972 where more than 1 department or interdepartmental venture involved in pay equity claim. But if Virginia ratifies the amendment, employment law experts say that courts may let it stand. The changes were brought about after the 2013 New Zealand Court of Appeal ruling, Bartlett & Service & Food Workers Union vs Terranova Homes & Care. A law or health insurance coverage that denies appropriate medical care to women because of sex would likely be held unconstitutional if the ERA is ratified. } She said: “A good practice I am an advocate for is to specifically carve out a portion of the annual salary review budget for diversity imbalance pay fixes ahead of any other increases.”. What does this new bill address? Two legal hurdles—a deadline for the amendment's ratification that has long since passed and five states' rescinding ratification—remain.