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'Equal Pay for Equal Work Act' Becomes Law in Colorado.

Friday, June 21, 2019

(North American Meat Institute)

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed equal pay legislation into law last month. The Equal Pay for Equal Work Act aims to prohibit wage discrimination based on sex and gender identity, and states that employers cannot pay a worker of one sex less than an employee of another sex if they do substantially similar work - measured as a composite of skill, effort and responsibility. Employers can avoid liability for pay disparities if they can prove the disparity is a result of a seniority system, a merit system, a system that measures earnings based on quality of work or a worker's geographical location, among other reasons. Employers have more than a year and a half to comply with the law, which takes effect on January 1, 2021, and are encouraged in that time to consider a proactive pay equity audit to assess risk, determine what will be required to make job postings available to all employees at the same time and reevaluate employee handbooks.

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