Bloomberg Law
Oct. 1, 2020, 7:44 PM

California Steps Up to Collect Pay Data, With Feds at Square One

Paige Smith
Paige Smith
Chris Marr
Chris Marr
Staff Correspondent

California’s upcoming collection of worker pay data by race and gender is a harbinger for other states to do the same, as a federal workplace civil rights agency grapples with the best way to close the country’s wage gaps.

Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed a law on Wednesday that requires employers, including Silicon Valley companies, to report their pay information to the state. It’s modeled after a federal initiative spearheaded by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission during the Obama years that became entangled in litigation.

The California legislation authorizes a collection of wage data, broken down by race, sex, ethnicity, ...

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