Here are a few tips to avoid non-compliance:
Employers must pay equal wages to opposite sex employees performing “substantially similar work, when viewed as a composite of skill, effort and responsibility.” This broadens the prior standard of equal pay for “equal work” on jobs requiring “equal skill, effort and responsibility.”
2. Compare Wages at All Establishments
The Act removes a loophole that arguably permitted employers to pay different rates to men and women working at separate establishments. Employers must pay equal wages to California employees performing “substantially similar work,” regardless of location.
3. Do Not Discriminate or Retaliate Against Employees Who Exercise Their Rights under the Act
The Act allows employees to sue for discrimination or retaliation for invoking their rights or assisting others in enforcing their rights under the Act. Employers cannot legally prohibit employees from disclosing their own wages, inquiring about or discussing another's wages, or assisting others in exercising their rights under the Act.
Article by: Zoe Sussman, Esq.