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Closing the Unequal Pay Gap: California Releases Guidance to Employers on Complying with the California Fair Pay Act

Since passing the California Fair Pay Act (“CFPA”) on October 6, 2015, California has remained a trailblazer in its efforts to address and decrease gender pay inequity. The CFPA requires all employers pay employees performing “substantially similar work” the same wage regardless of gender, ethnicity or race. The CFPA also requires employers to provide the pay scale for a position to an applicant who makes a reasonable request for it, prohibits employers from requesting an applicant’s prior salary history and from relying on an applicant’s salary history alone to justify a disparity in compensation “based on sex, race or ethnicity.”

After enacting the CFPA, the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls launched the California Pay Equity Task Force (“Task Force”) to monitor the implementation of the CFPA and facilitate dialogue on legislative modifications to California law. On September 10, 2018, the Task Force released written guidance for employees, employers and unions on how they may comply with the CFPA. The guidance includes, amongst other things, a myriad of tips and recommended practices for employers seeking to comply with the CFPA, including:

  • Regularly reviewing and updating job descriptions to ensure they accurately reflect a position’s duties and responsibilities (written job descriptions are pivotal in determining whether two employees are performing substantially similar work and serve as helpful evidence of an employer’s compensation decisions);

  • Educating managers on the factors they may rely upon in making decisions regarding an employee’s compensation;

  • Documenting any and all compensation decisions, the grounds for such decisions and the basis for any differences in compensation between two or more employees (any such documents should be retained by employers for at least four (4) years); and

  • Periodically auditing employee wage practices to identify any substantial differences in wages amongst employees who perform substantially the same work (if any such disparities are found, employers should immediately make the necessary adjustments to remedy them).

Employers should review their hiring and compensation practices to ensure compliance with the CFPA, implement the practices recommended above and consult with counsel regarding any questions or concerns they may have.

Jackson Lewis P.C. © 2022National Law Review, Volume VIII, Number 331
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Christopher A. Gelpi, Jackson Lewis, Los Angeles, Labor Retaliation Lawyer, Wrongful Termination Attorney
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Christopher A. Gelpi is an Associate in the Los Angeles, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. His practice focuses on representing employers in all types of employment disputes including harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination cases in both state and federal court as well as in arbitration and administrative hearings. Mr. Gelpi also provides preventive advice and counsel to employers on a diverse range of workplace issues.

While attending law school, Mr. Gelpi was a Senior Editor of the Seton...

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Hazel U. Poei is a Principal in the Los Angeles, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Her practice is focused on single-plaintiff, multi-plaintiff, and class action employment litigation in state and federal courts.

Ms. Poei has also handled arbitration proceedings and matters before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. Ms. Poei has also prepared briefing to the...

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