Employers everywhere should be happy to know they won’t have to comply with the Paycheck Fairness Act any time soon.
The contentious legislation had been resurrected again recently — and then it was promptly dismissed.
The latest version of the bill was reintroduced by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD).
So what happened? The Paycheck Fairness Act didn’t come to a vote, because proponents couldn’t even round up enough support to end a Senate Republican filibuster.
Among other things, the bill would have amended the current version of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and made companies liable for potentially unlimited compensatory and punitive awards under the FLSA – even for unintentional pay disparities.
Since the bill was introduced, employers have complained it has the power to cripple businesses, particularly smaller ones.
And since it had been reintroduced the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) was urging folks to contact their senators to help defeat the bill.