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April 9, 2014 Published in From Congress

Moran Welcomes Equal Pay Day Executive Orders For Federal Contractors

Representative Jim Moran, Northern Virginia Democrat, Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee, senior member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, today welcomed President Obama’s executive action to remedy gender pay disparities among federal contractors.

“Every year Virginia women give up $11,021 to the gender wage gap, earning on average 79 cents for every dollar their male peers do for the same work.  Yet House and Senate Republicans have let the Paycheck Fairness Act languish, refusing to recognize that when women succeed, our families succeed,” said Moran. “President Obama was right to step in to combat pay discrimination and ensure that the women can earn equal pay for equal work.”

The President signed an Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from retaliating against employees who discuss their compensation.  The Executive Order provides a critical tool to encourage pay transparency, so workers have a potential way of discovering violations of equal pay laws and are able to seek appropriate remedies.

President Obama also signed a Presidential Memorandum instructing Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez to establish new regulations requiring federal contractors to submit to the Department of Labor summary data on compensation paid to their employees, including data by sex and race.  The Department of Labor will use the data to encourage compliance with equal pay laws and to target enforcement more effectively by focusing efforts where there are discrepancies and reducing burdens on other employers.

Federal contractors account for 20 percent of the U.S. workforce and nearly $500 billion in economic activity. 

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