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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: April 4, 2017 09:53 AM
From: Representative Carol Hill-Evans
To: All House members
Subject: Resolution: Executive Orders on Equal Pay

In the near future we plan to re-introduce former House Resolution 113 of last session. The resolution would urge Governor Wolf to issue two executive orders on the subject of equal pay.
Over a half century has passed since President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act (EPA), making 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 anniversaries of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, which both 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.
My resolution would 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 a second 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.
Colleagues, please join me in co-sponsoring this important resolution.