The State of Pay Equity Laws in the U.S. —2021

Maria Colacurcio, March 11, 2021

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As the Biden administration ramps up execution of its agenda, including priorities around equality, there’s increasing discussion about new legislation and regulations aimed at addressing pay inequality. As we work to reverse course on the inequities that have been further exacerbated by the pandemic, now is a critical moment to get pay equity laws right and finally make progress on closing the wage gap.

But how does the U.S. stand on pay equity legislation at the federal and state levels? Where are laws falling short and where are they excelling? At Syndio, we have been curious to understand how pay equity laws compare across the U.S., as well as how other countries have approached pay equity legislation. 

To answer these questions and more, we partnered with Fair Pay Workplace to undertake a comprehensive analysis of legislation from all 50 states in our first-ever State of Pay Equity Laws in the U.S. report.

Dive in to see what we learned, and our recommendations for improved legislation that actually drives the pay equity outcomes everyone—government officials, CEOs, corporate boards, employees—wants to achieve. We’re optimistic that it is possible to write pay equity legislation that works for all to drive sustained progress in the U.S.

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