If you are following the presidential race with even a passing interest, you have no doubt heard a great deal about wage stagnation and economic inequality. Each representative and senator has a group of dedicated and hard- working staff to help them represent and assist their constituents both
in Washington and in your local district. While
each member of Congress organizes their staffs
differently, most offices have four main areas of
responsibilities: legislative, communications,
administration and constituent services.
Numerous causes and remedies have been
offered, ranging from a needed increase in the
federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, mandatory
paid sick leave, “wage theft” protections and even
scheduling reform for hourly workers. While there
hasn’t been significant progress in Washington
on those issues, numerous states and cities have
passed similar measures addressing wage and
The one issue that is really on the move is pay
equity, or more commonly known as equal pay.
Even though the issue has been receiving signifi-
cantly more attention of late, as a direct result
of the campaign season, it has been on the radar
of hourly employers and at the highest levels
of government for quite some time. In fact, the
Lilly Ledbetter fair Pay Act of 2009 was, quite
intentionally, the very first bill signed into law by
President Obama during his first 10 days in office.
Over his next seven years, Obama has issued execu-
tive orders and executive memorandums to federal
agencies expressly cracking down on any practice
that may potentially involve pay discrimination,
The next reputational challenge to the industry looms large.
BY JOE KEFAUVER