Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Coming Today: Obama "Equal Pay" Executive Orders

President Obama is expected to sign two executive orders designed to combat wage inequality today. Based on reports (Washington Post,  U.S. News, Huffington Post, and more), the two executive orders will generally provide that:

  • Federal contractors can not retaliate against employees for sharing salary/wage information; and
  • Federal contractors must report wage-related data to the government (based on Department of Labor regulations to be promulgated under the order).
I should note that the NLRA is generally perceived as covering the issue of employees sharing wage and salary data for private, non-management employees (see general agreement between employee-side Donna Ballman and employer-side Eric Meyer). 

White House executive orders are posted here (as of publication, the orders described above are not up yet).