Now in his third term, Nelson is continuing to fight for a cleaner environment, better education, economic opportunity, and to protect important programs like Medicare and Social Security. Nelson secured billions in federal assistance to help Florida recover in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma: He led efforts in the U. Senate to secure disaster funding for Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
It was signed into law on June 10,by John F. Kennedy as part of his New Frontier Program.
The law provides in part that: No employer having employees subject to any provisions of this section [section of title 29 of the United States Code] shall discriminate, within any establishment in which such employees are employed, between employees on the basis of sex by paying wages to employees in such establishment at a rate less than the rate at which he pays wages to employees of the opposite sex in such establishment for equal work on jobs[,] the performance of which requires equal skilleffort, and responsibilityand which are performed under similar working conditions, except where such payment is made pursuant to i a seniority system ; ii a merit system ; iii a system which measures earnings by quantity or quality of production; or iv a differential based on any other factor other than sex [ Stanley from BuffaloN.
Congress passed the EPA out of "concern for the weaker bargaining position of women" to provide a remedy to discriminatory wage structures that reflect "an ancient but outmoded belief that a man, because of his role in society, should be paid more than a woman.
It also protects administrative, professional and executive employees who are exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The EPA, Section d 1prohibits "employer[s] It is important to note that the EPA does not contain any intent requirement within the statutory language.
Liability under the EPA is established by meeting the three elements of the prima facie case, regardless of the intention of the employer.
As such, the EPA imposes strict liability on employers who engage in wage discrimination on the basis of gender. Once a plaintiff meets her or his heavy burden and establishes a prima facie case of gender discrimination under the EPA, then the defendant may avoid liability only by proving the existence of one of four statutory affirmative defenses.
Subsequent to the enactment of the EPA, Congress undertook two actions which broadened the scope of federal protection against wage discrimination on the basis of sex.
Therefore, the EPA exempted white-collar women from the protection of equal pay for equal work. Impact Public service announcement. Goodyearregarding the applicable statute of limitations.
This bill, providing that each gender-unequal paycheck is a new violation of the law, was the first signing of the Obama Presidency and came almost forty-five years after the Equal Pay Act.
However, a study commissioned by the Department of Labor cautioned against overzealous application of the EPA without closer examination of possible reasons for pay discrepancies. This study notes, for example, that men as a group earn higher wages in part because men dominate blue collar jobs, which are more likely to require cash payments for overtime work; in contrast, women comprise over half of the salaried white collar management workforce that is often exempted from overtime laws.
Indeed, there may be nothing to correct. The differences in raw wages may be almost entirely the result of the individual choices being made by both male and female workers.The House and Senate passed HR , the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of The bill authorizes appropriations for federal-aid highway programs through Oct.
29, which were set to expire on July The measure also provides the Veterans Affairs Department with $3 billion to cover a shortfall.
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Post Office. - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the power of the federal government was greater than that of any individual state. Obama’s plan also includes the hiring of additional FBI staff members to help to more efficiently and effectively perform background checks, and $ million to improve mental health services.
Co-authored the bipartisan FAST Act law in to provide more than $12 billion for road and transit projects in Florida. Led efforts to create a national blueprint for infrastructure investment, which includes funding to bring our high-speed internet networks, airports, seaports, roads, bridges and transit systems into the 21st century.
Feminist groups, student activists, and survivor advocates announced their opposition to the proposed Safe Campus Act of , also known as the "FratPAC bill," at a House subcommittee hearing on "Preventing and Responding to Sexual Assault on College Campuses" earlier this month.