Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a law
that requires employers to prove they are not paying workers differently
because of their race or ethnicity. This new requirement builds on California’s
Equal Pay Act,
which took effect January 1, 2016, and prohibits private employers from paying
male and female employees a different wage rate for substantially similar work.
Also last week, the EEOC announced that it
will begin to collect summary pay data from certain employees in 2018 to
aid investigations into wage discrimination.
The EEOC announced the creation of The Small Business Resource Center on its website. The agency describes the Center as a “user-friendly one-stop source for information” about federal anti-discrimination laws affecting employers.
The Department of Labor released its new rule requiring federal contractors to provide their employees with seven days of paid sick leave annually.
A casino-gaming company agreed to pay $500,000 in fines to the Securities and Exchange Commission to settle allegations that it fired an employee who reported to senior management and the SEC that the company’s financial statements might be distorted.