On May 6, 2013, New Jersey Assemblywoman Pamela R. Lampitt reintroduced two bills that are designed to eliminate gender-based pay disparity. Lampitt tried to pass similar legislation in 2012, but Governor Chris Christie vetoed those prior bills.
Bill A-4043, titled the “Unfair Wage Recovery Act,” would amend the application of the statute of limitations regarding claims of pay disparity. Specifically, the bill provides that each paycheck an employee receives would restart the running of a new limitations period for pay discrimination claims. This bill would bring New Jersey law into alignment with the federal Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009.
The second bill, A-4044, titled the “Wage Transparency Act,” would require state contractors to provide employment and demographic information about certain employees as a condition of receiving a state contract. The bill would require employers to divulge information to the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development about the gender, race, job title, and wages for all of their New Jersey workers employed in connection with the contract. This new reporting requirement would apply to all state contracts, even those subject to the New Jersey Prevailing Wage Act.
Both bills have been referred to the Assembly Labor Committee.
The New Jersey legislature has taken affirmative steps in the last year aimed at eliminating gender-based pay disparity. We previously posted about the new law passed in 2012 that requires employers to publish and provide notice to employees of their right to be free from gender-based pay discrimination. Check this blog regularly as we track the progress of these new legislative initiatives.