Friday, January 13, 2017

Committing to Gender Pay Equity - HRE ONLINE

by Carol Patton
Originally published:January 12, 2017

Just as a new occupant prepares to move in to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., more than 100 employers have signed the White House Equal Pay Pledge that was launched last June. These organizations have committed to performing a variety of best practices that include conducting an annual gender-pay analysis across occupations, reviewing hiring and promotion processes and procedures to reduce unconscious bias, and embedding equal pay efforts into broader enterprise-wide equity initiatives.

Despite federal legislation that attempts to abolish wage disparity based on gender, equal pay for equal work is still a hot-button issue. Numerous studies reveal that income disparity still exists between men and women, even those holding the same job.

Among the latest research is the 2016 Inside the Gender Pay Gap report, conducted by PayScale, a Seattle-based organization that provides cloud compensation data and software. The company gathered the responses of approximately 1.8 million employees over the past two years.