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WRA expresses concerns about pay equity to Legislature committee

By Tammie Hetrick, Chief Operating Officer

 WRA assigned a representative to this week’s House Labor and Workplace Standards committee to express concerns about a gender pay equity bill, HB 1506.

 The bill calls for achieving equal pay by gender for employees doing similar jobs.

But aspects of the bill trouble WRA and other opponents. WRA’s contract lobbyist, Bruce Beckett, attended the hearing to express some of those concerns.

WRA is concerned the bill as written will lead to expensive and spurious lawsuits. It inadequately addresses differences in the times and places that jobs are performed.

Beckett has urged the Legislature to reduce how long companies should go back to address pay inequities between genders from four years to three years of work history. WRA also would prefer that the Legislature adopt a pre-emption clause prohibiting municipalities throughout the state from adopting more stringent requirements than those included in the state bill.

If you questions about the bill or need a status update, contact Beckett at 360-480-5258 or bbeckett@thebeckettgroup.org. Also, watch for updates in this newsletter as the bill advances through the committee hearing process in the Senate.

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