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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: February 6, 2015 03:41 PM
From: Representative Harry Readshaw
To: All House members
Subject: Resolution: Urging Executive Action on Paycheck Fairness
 

In the near future we plan to re-introduce House Resolution 818 of last Session which was sponsored by Representative Molchany. The Resolution would urge Governor Wolf to issue two executive orders on the subject of equal pay.

The Resolution would strongly urge Governor Wolf to issue an Executive Order affirming that the anti-discrimination provisions of the Procurement Code extend to equal pay discrimination.

Subsection 3701 of the Procurement Code, requires that every contract for the construction, alteration or repair of any public building or public work contain provisions stipulating that the contractor or subcontractor or any person acting on the behalf of the contractor or subcontractor agree to not discriminate by reason of gender, race, creed or color in the hiring of employees for the performance of work under any contract or subcontract.

The resolution would also call upon Governor Wolf to issue an Executive Order directing the Department of Labor and Industry to require state contractors and subcontractors to submit data on the compensation paid to their employees, including data by gender, race, age, and geographic region. That data would be submitted quarterly.

Over a half century has passed since President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act (EPA), which made it illegal for employers to pay unequal wages to men and women performing substantially the same job in the same workplace. However, as we memorialize the enactment of the Equal Pay Act and approach the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the 60th anniversary of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, both which made it illegal to discriminate based on sex, race, color, religion, and national origin, the compensation gap still persists in this Commonwealth and nationwide. In this 21st Century, our daughters should not have to work the same job and be paid less than their male counterparts.

If you have any questions, or need any additional information, please contact Margaret Tricarico at 717-772-5568, Democratic Extension 6168 or mtricarico@pahouse.net.

Thank you.

Previous co-sponsors:
MOLCHANY, SIMS, D. MILLER, B. BOYLE, BISHOP , FRANKEL , YOUNGBLOOD , KIM, BROWNLEE, SCHLOSSBERG, O'BRIEN , PARKER , ROZZI, McCARTER, D. COSTA, DAVIS, McNEILL, KINSEY, THOMAS , CLAY, DERMODY , HANNA , READSHAW , FARINA, PAINTER, DEASY, DONATUCCI, DeLUCA , STURLA , COHEN , WHITE and ROEBUCK




Introduced as HR113