House Bill 7
117th Congress(2021-2022)
Paycheck Fairness Act
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Passed House on Apr 15, 2021
Overview
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Introduced
Jan 28, 2021
Latest Action
Jun 8, 2021
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Bill
The primary form of legislative measure used to propose law. Depending on the chamber of origin, bills begin with a designation of either H.R. or S. Joint resolution is another form of legislative measure used to propose law.
Bill Number
7
Congress
117
Policy Area
Labor and Employment
Labor and Employment
Primary focus of measure is matters affecting hiring and composition of the workforce, wages and benefits, labor-management relations; occupational safety, personnel management, unemployment compensation. Measures concerning public-sector employment may fall under Government Operations and Politics policy area.
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Passed
April 15, 2021
Type
Passage Of A Measure
House Roll Call Votes
Summary

Paycheck Fairness Act

This bill addresses wage discrimination on the basis of sex. Specifically, it (1) limits an employer's defense that a pay differential is based on a factor other than sex to only bona fide job-related factors in wage discrimination claims, (2) enhances nonretaliation prohibitions, (3) makes it unlawful to require an employee to sign a contract or waiver prohibiting the employee from disclosing information about the employee's wages, and (4) increases civil penalties for violations of equal pay provisions.

Additionally, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs must train EEOC employees and other affected parties on wage discrimination.

The bill directs the Department of Labor to (1) establish and carry out a grant program for negotiation skills training for girls and women, (2) conduct studies to eliminate pay disparities between men and women, and (3) make available information on wage discrimination to assist the public in understanding and addressing such discrimination.

The bill also establishes the Secretary of Labor's National Award for Pay Equity in the Workplace for an employer who has made a substantial effort to eliminate pay disparities between men and women.

Finally, the bill requires the EEOC to issue regulations for collecting from employers compensation and other employment data according to the sex, race, and national origin of employees for use in enforcing laws prohibiting pay discrimination.

Text (4)
April 15, 2021
April 5, 2021
January 28, 2021
Amendments (3)
Displaying only amendments with a detailed public record (2)
Apr 15, 2021
Not Agreed to in House
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Sponsorship
House Amendment 38
Amendment sought to provide a safe harbor for employers who conduct self-audits to identify and rectify potentially unlawful pay disparities and allow for reasonable employer defenses against trial lawyer abuses.
Active
Apr 15, 2021
Agreed to in House
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House Amendment 37
Amendments en bloc comprised of amendments numbered 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6, printed in Part B of House Report 117-15.
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