Employee resources and state workforce


On June 1, 2017, Governor Brown signed into law House Bill 2005, also known as the Pay Equity Bill, expanding pay equity protections to Oregonians and creating new obligations for Oregon state government as an employer.


The pay equity bill makes it an unlawful employme​nt practice to:

  • Discriminate between employees on the basis of a "protected class" in payment of wages or other compensation for "work of a comparable character".
  • Seek the salary history of an applicant or employee before an offer of employment is made.
  • Screen applicants on the basis of current or past compensation.
  • Determine compensation for a position based on current or past compensation of a prospective employee.
On September 29th, the Chief Human Resource Office issued addenda to the Pay Practice and Alternative Leave Policies in relation to the new law:


Pay Equity Project purpos​e:

The purpose of the Pay Equity Analysis project is to bring Oregon state government's compensation and recruitment systems, policies and practices into alignment with the amendments made to ORS 652 and ORS 659A by House Bill 2005.

​Pay Equity Project documents: