Poll: Your Opinion On The Paycheck Fairness Act

Pros and Cons of the Paycheck Fairness Act

As you may know, the Paycheck Fairness Act recently failed to progress to a vote in the Senate. This legislation could have greatly impacted both employees and employers. It is intended to update the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, and by extension the Equal Pay Act of 1963, by limiting acceptable reasons for differences in pay, increasing penalties for failing to meet standards, reducing small business exemptions and barring retaliation for the disclosure of salary information. Perhaps because of its potential to change so much, it is highly controversial.

Pros: Proponents of the bill argue that that the mechanisms introduced by the law would decrease income inequality in the United States.

Cons: Opponents of the bill counter that the legislation would place significant burdens on employers to fix something that may be beyond their control. Other opponents say the pay gap is largely driven by employee choices rather than employer discrimination

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    Darell Von

    While I agree that regardless of your gender the compensation should be equal based on qualifications and the individuals sustained performance adding additional regulations to those already in place are not required. It appears the wonderful Government in all it’s wisdom is NOT performing their responsibilities under the current laws. By enhancing and adding additional requirements, based on experience, will only accomplish one or two results. 1) companies will be required to implement new procedures and processes which means that overhead costs will increase thus costing the public more when they purchase the goods and/or services they provide. 2) companies may will implement pay scales and employee performance requirements that will make it difficult for the Government to prove any unfairness in pay which will hinder both genders pay.
    Based on my many years in the private sector companies compensate employees based on their performance dwhich is also true with promotions regardless of gender. Unlike the Government the private sector understands the value of employees and their contribution to the companies financial health.

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