Google Discriminatory Pay Practices, Nestle Waters Settles Sex Bias Complaint, and more
DOL Accuses Google of Discriminatory Pay Practices
The US Department of Labor (DOL) has accused tech giant Google of gender pay inequality. The Associated Press reports that the DOL “found systemic compensation disparities against women pretty much across the entire workforce”. Google denies the allegations, and was forced to turn over employee compensation data after a lawsuit was filed earlier this year seeking to ban Google from being able to do work for the US government because of the alleged pay inequities.
Multistate Paid Leave, Taxation Cited As Top Payroll Concerns
Bloomberg BNA’s Payroll Advisory Board says that the two biggest payroll concerns are tied to multistate taxation and paid leave rules on the local and state level. Bloomberg BNA reports that an increase in state income tax audits across the country have left employers struggling to track where and when employees travel for business. Bloomberg also says that paid leave laws continue to be “complicated because the requirements and funding models differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction”.
Nestle Waters Settles EEOC Sex Bias Complaint for $300k
Bottled water giant Nestle has agreed to pay $300,000 over a sexual discrimination complaint brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Legal News Line reports that the complaint was filed after “Nestle failed to select…a 20-year finance and budgeting manager for a newly created Florida Zone business manager position because of her gender”. The employee was then terminated due to consolidation, but was then found to be the only individual terminated.
NYC Prohibits Employers from Requesting Applicant Compensation History
The New York City Council recently approved a bill prohibiting city employers from requesting or seeking a job applicant’s compensation history. Polling former employers and searching public records for salary history will now be considered unlawful and discriminatory practices. The law will continue to allow employers to discuss a candidate’s salary expectations, as well as allow employers to use salary history as a benchmark if this information is voluntarily shared by the candidate.
New Jersey Bill Requires More Information on Pay Stubs
The New Jersey Assembly Labor Committee has unanimously passed an amendment to the state’s wage notification requirements. Under the new amendment, both private and public employers must provide each employee with a pay statement detailing several items, including deductions, gross wages, net wages, rate of pay, and number of hours worked.