Author Archives: Michael Harrington
In recent decades unions have faced several challenges. First, union membership continues to decline. As of 2017, 14.8 million workers in America (10.7% of the workforce) were represented by a union, which is down from 17.7 million in 1983 (20.1% of the workforce).1 Second, more than half the states have passed “right-to-work” legislation, which prohibits employees from being required to join a union or pay an agency fee as a condition of employment.2 With Kentucky and Missouri enacting legislation in 2017, 28 states are now “right-to-work” states.
While the Federal Equal Pay Act, which mandates employers to pay men and women the same pay for the same work, has been the law for 55 years, salary surveys continue to show that women are paid less than men. In an effort to address this pay gap, states around the country are passing their own legislation. Some of the states have enacted similar provisions, while a few have enacted unique provisions. Ban On Salary History Inquiries Studies have shown that one factor contributing to ongoing pay discrepancies is that an employee’s starting salary with an employer is often based …
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