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Frequently Asked Questions

About the Project

What is the Equal Pay Analysis Project?

​​​​​​Oregon state government is committed to fair employment practices and non-discrimination, including equitable compensation, for all employees. The Equal Pay Project includes an analysis of the compensation of current state employees in the executive branch that perform similar work to assess and correct any wage disparities based on the law.

Oregon's Equal Pay Act​ makes it unlawful for any Oregon employer to:

  • Discriminate between employees, in wages and other compensation for “work of a comparable character," on the basis of a protected class;
  • An employer may pay employees for work of comparable character at different compensation levels if all of the difference in compensation levels is based on a bona fide factor that is related to the position in question and is based on:

          (A) A seniority system;

          (B) A merit system;

          (C) A system that measures earnings by quantity or quality of production, including piece-rate work;

          (D) Workplace locations;

          (E) Travel, if travel is necessary and regular for the employee;

          (F) Education;

          (G) Training;

          (H) Experience; or (I) Any combination of the factors described in this paragraph if the combination of factors accounts for the entire compensation differential. Seek or use the salary history of an applicant before an employment and salary offer has been made;
  • Screen applicants on the basis of current or past compensation; or
  • Determine compensation for a position based on current or past compensation of a prospective employee.​


What is an Equal Pay Analysis?

​​​​An equal pay analysis means an evaluation process to assess and correct wage disparities among employees who perform work of a comparable character.

Employees with similar bona fide factors  (e.g., seniority, experience, education) should be compensated similarly.​

What is the timeline for the executive branch Equal Pay Analysis?

Employees in the executive branch as of January 10, 2024, are in scope of this equal pay analysis. The analysis is currently being conducted and any pay adjustments as a result of the analysis will be effective June 1, 2024.​

When will the results of the analysis be complete?

​​The equal pay analysis is currently being conducted and any pay adjustments as a result of the analysis will be effective June 1, 2024. ​

When will employees be notified of the results?

Executive branch employees will be notified via email in Summer 2024. ​

Scope of the Analysis

Who is included in the executive branch Equal Pay Analysis?

Employees in the executive branch, with the exception of the Secretary of State's Office, are within scope of this project. This includes represented, unrepresented, and management service as well as limited duration employees. ​

How is employee information for the Equal Pay Analysis reviewed?

Employees are asked to update their Workday profile by December 31, 2023. These updates should reflect experience, both paid and unpaid (including the employee's current position), education (including whether a degree was received and field of study), and/or professional certifications. Employees are grouped by classification and then data analytics are used to determine the relationship between seniority, experience, education, and compensation to identify salary placement. ​​

If I am currently working out of class, do I need to update my information?

​Yes, all employees in the executive branch, with the exception of the Secretary of State's Office and employees in management and executive service with the Oregon State Treasury should update their Workday profile information.​

If I am a management service employee, does the executive branch Equal Pay Analysis apply to me?
Yes, all employees in the executive branch not at the top step of their salary range, with the exception of the Secretary of State's, are within scope of this project. ​

If I am a represented employee, does the executive branch Equal Pay Analysis apply to me?
Yes, all employees in the executive branch not at the top step of their salary range, with the exception of the Secretary of State's Office, are within scope of this project. ​

Will the study analyze if I am placed in the proper job classification?

No, the purpose of the equal pay analysis is to ensure that individuals are compensated at equitable levels relative to others in their same job classification and who have similar seniority, experience, and education. If you believe your job is not in the correct classification, you may contact your agency Human Resource office or local union representative for information about requesting a classification review. ​

What if I was recently hired or changed positions?

​All employee data was pulled on January 10, 2024. Employees who were hired or changed positions from January 10, 2024, through May 31, 2024, will be reviewed separately. More information to come.  ​​

Appeals

Am I able to appeal the determination of the Equal Pay Analysis?

Yes, all employees can appeal their Equal Pay Analysis determination. Information about the appeals process and deadlines will be shared with all employees in the Spring of 2024. ​​​

Salary Adjustments

What is the effective date of a pay adjustment that results from the analysis?

June 1, 2024, is the effective date of any pay adjustments.  Those receiving an increase will see the increase on their August 1, 2024, paycheck.​

If I am at the top step of my salary range, am I eligible for a pay adjustment?

​No, employees cannot be paid above the top step of their salary range. ​

I received an increase due to the Equal Pay Analysis project. Does this mean I have been paid inequitably since being hired?

No. The methodology has changed and how equitable pay is determined using the bona fide factors resulted in your increase. Your previous pay was reflective of the previous methodology, which complied with law.​​

If I am identified as receiving an increase. When should I expect to see the increase on my paycheck?

If you were identified as receiving an increase, you will get a notification in July 2024 and should see the increase on your August 1, 2024 paycheck. The effective date of your increase is June 1, 2024.​​

Updating Profile Information

How do I update my Workday profile?

Workday is our current system of record and is used to pull data during this analysis. You can update your Workday profile information using the knowledge article :  Career Information . ​

Job Profile

If I am working out of class, do I include those job duties in my job history?

​Yes, please note the work out of class assignment and include your duties in your job history. Please don’t forget to include effective dates.​​

I’m on a job rotation. How do I enter that information?

You can add a job history item and indicate you are on job rotation. Be sure to include the classification name, duties, and the dates. ​

Miscellaneous

If I feel that I am not being paid appropriately right now, what can I do?

​​​​​If you are a represented employee, please follow the process outlined in your Collective Bargaining Agreement​.

If you are an unrepresented employee, please refer to State HR Policy 20.005.10 (Pay Practices)​ for steps you can take.