FWW Employment Alert: Proposed Legislation to Seek Changes to Oregon’s Equal Pay Act
Oregon legislators introduced a bill this session that would amend the Oregon Equal Pay Act to exempt certain bonuses (such as signing and retention bonuses) from equal pay calculations.
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Oregon’s current equal pay laws require all types of compensation, including bonuses, to be considered in determining whether there is a pay disparity. Employers cannot pay an employee a higher rate than a coworker for similar work unless the pay disparity is justified by factors such as seniority, education, training, or experience.