What is the Oregon Pay Equity law?
By Michael White, HR Outsourcing Manager, Trüpp.
The Oregon Pay Equity law makes it unlawful to:
What does work of a “comparable character” mean?
Work of a comparable character includes duties that require substantially similar knowledge, skill, effort, responsibility, and take place in similar working conditions. While some jobs may have similar titles, that does not necessarily mean that they are of a comparable character.
Do I have to pay all my managers the same wage?
Even if all management positions require work of a comparable character, the statute allows certain bona fide factors which employers may use to justify differences in compensation.
What do I do if an applicant discloses their current or past salary during an interview?
Let the candidate know that their salary history will not be a factor in determining any offer of compensation for the position, and document that you informed them of this in your interview notes.
What are the consequences if I’m found to be in violation?
Beginning January 1, 2019, employees can file claims with BOLI for back pay. Starting January 1, 2024, employees may also file civil suits and seek compensatory and punitive damages, injunctive relief, attorney fees, and court costs in addition to back pay.
What can I do to prepare for the Pay Equity law?
There are a few steps you should take right away: