May 22, 2018

Gov. Malloy to ink pay-equity bill

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signing the pay-equity bill into law on Tuesday.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is scheduled Tuesday morning to sign a pay-equity bill into law that prevents employers from asking applicants about their salary history.

Malloy will hold a bill-signing ceremony at the state Capitol in Hartford at 11 a.m. to commemorate the bill's passage, which he says furthers the state's efforts to prevent unintended pay discrimination, especially among women.

Connecticut will join a slew of other states that have adopted similar legislation barring pay inquiries until an offer of employment with compensation has been offered.

The pay-equity bill was the lone measure to reach the governor's desk from his "Connecticut fairness" agenda he lauded in February during his final State of the State address. The progressive agenda also included asking the General Assembly to raise the minimum wage from $10.10 to $15 by 2021 and expand the state's paid family and medical leave requirements and mandate anti-harassment training at many companies.

After approval from the Appropriations Committee, the House and Senate failed to vote on House Bill 5388, which would have gradually raised the minimum wage over three years.

The General Assembly also missed its chance to vote on House Bill 5043, a measure intended to expand and modernize the state's workplace harassment laws.

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