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October 8, 2010

HR Fact Friday: Developments in Pay Equity

Filed under: General HR Buzz6:00 am

Federal legislators are debating yet another version of the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 3772) in an effort to address pay disparities between men and women. Among other things, the bill includes enhanced enforcement of equal pay requirements; a grant program to conduct negotiations skills training for women and girls; and research, education, and outreach efforts.

Meanwhile, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a statement to Congress’s Joint Economic Committee, outlining women’s representation in management ranks and comparing the compensation paid to men and women. “…[F]emale managers earned 81 cents for every dollar earned by male managers in 2007, compared to 79 cents in 2000,” stated Andrew Sherrill, the GAO’s director of Education, Workforce, and Income Security. “The estimated adjusted pay difference varied by industry sector, with female managers’ earnings ranging from 78 cents to 87 cents for every dollar earned by male managers in 2007, depending on the industry sector.”



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