Equal Pay Day Dedicated to Raising Awareness of Gender Pay Gap

Equal Pay Day

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Equal Pay Day – the symbolic day dedicated to raising awareness about the gender pay gap in the United States – is being held on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in order to symbolize how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. The exact date for Equal Pay Day differs from year to year.

Equal Pay Day on April 2, 2019

Equal Pay Day was originated by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996 as a public awareness event to illustrate the gap between men’s and women’s wages. Supporters are asked to wear the color red on Equal Pay Day to symbolize how far women and minorities are “in the red” with their pay.

Since United States Census statistics showing the latest wage figures will not be available until late August or September, NCPE leadership decided years ago to select a Tuesday in April as Equal Pay Day. For more information about Equal Pay Day, see the NCPE’s Equal Pay Day Kit or contact the NCPE.

Statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau revealed women earned 80 percent of what men earned in 2015. According to figures from the NCPE, the gender wage gap has narrowed by less than one-half a penny per year in the United States since Congress passed The Equal Pay Act (EPA) of 1963.

Laws prohibiting employers from seeking salary history information about applicants will increase as the equal pay movement to narrow the gender wage gap spreads. This trend was chosen by Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) as one of the “ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends” for 2019.

Salary history bans have passed cities such as Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Louisville, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco, and the states of California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Wisconsin.

“If new pay is based on previous pay, then gender pay gaps are perpetuated. The goal of equal pay laws is to base compensation on the work performed and not rely on previous pay that may reflect gender discrimination,” according to ESR founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Attorney Lester Rosen.

“When an employer has a background screening firm perform past employment verifications, it is critical that firm knows which states and cities prohibit such questions as well as software that facilitates compliance or else that employer could be fined,” explained Rosen, author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual.’

ESR Employment Verifications Comply with Equal Pay Laws

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a leading global background check provider – offers employment verifications that provide applicant pay rates only if permitted by state and local equal pay and salary history laws. To learn more, visit www.esrcheck.com/Background-Checks/Verifications-References/.

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