Be an Active Listener
» Listen to what your employees are saying about their equal opportunity within the company.
» Statements from the Women’s Bureau Department of Labor that can be warnings telling you to review your pay practices.
Increase Pay Transparency
» An open pay policy allows employees to know how much their co-workers are earning. As an employer, this would help end speculations about equal pay and identify any future pay discrepancies that need to be changed.
Monitor Your Pay Practices
» Appoint specific individuals to be responsible for thoroughly examining your company’s pay practices in order to make sure federal, state, and local anti-discrimination laws are being upheld.
» Evaluate all forms of your compensation system annually for any potential wage gaps based on race, ethnicity, and gender.
This includes looking at starting salary, benefits, bonuses, training opportunities, etc.
It’s a good idea to conduct periodic spot checks throughout the year as well.
» Take action and correct any compensation problems as soon as they are detected.
» Hold frequent equal employment opportunity training sessions on compensation to help gain awareness.
» Ask yourself these questions when hiring new employees:
Resources to Use
» U.S. Department of Labor
Phone: 1-866-4-USA-DOL (TTY: 1-877-889-5627)
Web site: www.dol.gov
» Women’s Bureau
Web site: www.dol.gov/wb
» Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs
Phone: 1-800-397-6251 (TTY: 1-877-889-5627)
Web site: www.dol.gov/ofccp
» U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Phone: 1-800-669-4000 (TTY: 1-800-669-6820)
Web site: www.eeoc.gov
» National Labor Relations Board
Phone: 1-866-667-6572 (TTY: 1-866-315-6572)
Web site: www.nlrb.gov