The Federal government is once again looking to level the field when it comes to salaries and differing compensation levels due to gender. The U.S. House of Representatives Democrats recently introduced the Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 7). Like other salary history bans that have passed in recent years, H.R. 7 would prohibit employers from using an applicant or employee’s salary history when determining pay. It does differ from other salary history bans since it would not require employers to remove salary history questions from applications. If the bill is passed, employers who have 100 or more employers would also be required to submit pay data, including demographic information, to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The bill also considers protections for employees who discuss wages with coworkers.
The government has introduced a similar bill multiple times over the past decades but has yet to enact a law. With the popularity of salary history bans on the more localized level, it is more likely that a federal version will be approved in the near future. AccuSource will provide updates as the bill progresses. If you would like AccuSource to provide a complimentary review of your current background screening compliance program, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.