General Description: This paper describes the New Mexico Pay Equity Initiative, which wasinstituted by Governor Bill Richardson’s administration over a two year period (2009-2011). TheInitiative built on recommendations from an Equal Pay Task Force created by the New MexicoState legislature in 2003, and a subsequent task force created by the governor in 2008. Thepaper discusses the rationale, policies, methodology and outcomes of the initiative, highlightingit as one way to serve the goal of achieving pay equity as embodied in the Paycheck Fairness Actand the Fair Pay Act, and also to advance the goal of government accountability andtransparency. Implications for the future development and replication by other entities areincluded. Women’s Bureau goals addressed : 1) reflect upon and celebrate the accomplishments of publicpolicies related to women, and 2) highlight present day issues and future DOL policy prioritiesaround women's rights and opportunities in the workplace. Importance : The New Mexico Pay Equity Initiative requiring gender pay equity reports of entities seeking contracts with the state is the only one of its kind in the country . It is asignificant effort, and took two years to implement following earlier task forces and sets of recommendations. It can serve as a template for other government entities is advancing payequity.
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Categories: Bias, EEOC, Employment, Equality, Women