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Great post Tony.

I have found it interesting that this has received so little attention out side of California. I look forward to the first challenge of pay levels for a job in San Francisco as compared to Livermore or a similar city less than 60 miles away. I also wonder how localized raises in minimum wage will impact the minimum wage that will need to be paid elsewhere.

While I do not believe these issues were the intent of the new rule, I am confident that an attorney will start a case to see how far things can be pushed.

We will have to see if the effort to do something good on a very complex issue does significant harm as it fixes on problem and trades for another.

Thanks for the comment, Dan. I am absolutely astounded that this has received as little attention as it has. In my view, it is nothing less than the back door introduction of an extremely controversial practice ("comparable worth") that has repeatedly failed to gather the congressional support to be enacted nationally.

Do you think it includes movie stars? Seems the female actors receive less than the male actors for leading roles of "comparable worth".

It never ceases to amaze me that people believe we can change human behavior with a law. Shaming works better - like announcing the pay differences in an email that is hacked, or at an awards show. I bet there are fewer discrepancies going forward in Tinseltown at least.

The other point that makes a difference in gender pay gap is negotiation skills. For many reasons not everyone negotiates for higher pay...and if you don't ask, the company won't pay. Women often having left the workforce don't feel they can ask for more while they ratchet back up the ladder. Then they are behind and unless they ask to get caught up or leave and go to a new employer (another popular move) they won't be making as much.

But I see plenty of women who do ask and do get as much as men, so it all depends on the job and industry.

Thanks Karen.

I've read on the internet (so obviously, it MUST be true) that JLaw got less than Bradley Cooper for "American Hustle" because she had less screentime; perhaps the California Department of Labor will take that into consideration.

More to the point, I understand there is a movement to eliminate or ban salary negotiation as a way of getting around this. https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/05/21/the-best-way-to-way-to-eliminate-the-gender-pay-gap-ban-salary-negotiations/

Excellent post, Tony. I was a Hay consultant in Mpls during the mid 80's during the comparable worth period. Everything old is new again... but this time it will apply to the private sector.


Thanks Ted. As Dan says above, there are apt to be more than a few unintended consequences.

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