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Employee resources and state workforce

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Background

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.




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