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Amendment Proposed By U.S. Rep. Newman (IL-03) Passes With The Paycheck Fairness Act

April 15, 2021

Amendment requires employers to display a poster in their workplace and on their employment website to ensure workers clearly understand their rights under the Paycheck Fairness Act

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Marie Newman (IL-03) voted to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, critical legislation that strengthens the Equal Pay Act of 1963, helps eliminate the gender wage gap, and guarantees that women can challenge pay discrimination and hold employers accountable. As part of the legislation passed today, an amendment proposed by Congresswoman Newman would require employers to display a poster in their workplace and on their employment website to ensure workers clearly understand their rights under the Paycheck Fairness Act. 

“The wage gap between men and women isn't just a national issue — it's a local problem. In IL-03, women earn just 82 cents for every $1 earned by men. And for just women of color — this pay gap is even worse,” said Congresswoman Newman. “The Paycheck Fairness Act builds on the Equal Pay Act and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act by making it harder for employers to pay women less than men for the same work. Passing this legislation would not be enough alone, we also have to ensure workers are aware of their rights under this legislation. That is why my amendment in this bill requires employers to display a poster in their workplace and on their employment website, so workers clearly understand their rights under this Act.” 

Under Congresswoman Newman’s amendment, employers are required to display a poster with these rights or add the rights to existing posters on employees’ rights, and display it in a conspicuous location in the workplace. The poster must either be prepared by or approved by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Secretary of Labor. Additionally, the notice of these rights must also be posted electronically on an internal website that employees have access to, and the employer must notify employees via the internal website where the physical poster of employees’ rights is located in the workplace. 

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