SB19-085 (Danielson & Pettersen/Buckner & Gonzalez-Gutierrez) Equal Pay for Equal Work

Originally Posted: February 22, 2019
Last Updated: May 3, 2019

Summary

This bill would strengthen Colorado’s pay equity law by including measures to prevent pay inequities for substantially similar work on the basis of sex, including banning the use of wage history to determine an employee’s pay and requiring employers to include proposed wage ranges in job postings. The bill would allow employers to pay different wages when certain factors are present, including when a wage difference is based on seniority, merit, or education, training, or experience that is reasonably related to the position.

Position

The Children’s Campaign supports this bill. In 2016, women in Colorado earned 86 percent of the median annual earnings of men. The gender wage gap impacts the financial security of women and their families, and its effect is most apparent when we examine the incomes of single-parent households. Colorado kids in families headed by single mothers in 2016 were 2.4 times more likely to live in poverty than their peers in families headed by single fathers. Approximately 241,000 Colorado children lived with single mothers in 2016. A study conducted by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research found that if working women were paid comparably to men of the same age, similar levels of educational attainment, and similar hours of work, the number of U.S. kids with working mothers living in poverty would be cut nearly in half.

Current Status

Passed the House as amended on a vote of 40-21 and repassed the Senate with House amendments. It now heads to the governor’s desk for signature. 

Previous Statuses


February 22, 2019

Passed the Senate Judiciary Committee as amended on a vote of 3-2 and now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

March 8, 2019

Passed the Senate Judiciary Committee as amended on a vote of 3-2 and now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee

April 5, 2019

Passed the Senate on a bipartisan 20-14 vote and now heads to the House, where it has been assigned to the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee

April 19, 2019

Passed out of the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee as amended on a vote of 7-3 and now heads to House Appropriations Committee.

April 26, 2019

Passed the House Appropriations Committee on a vote of 7-4 and now heads to the House floor for debate.