Although the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act now is four years old and the Paycheck Fairness Act has been reintroduced in Congress, a wide pay gap still exists nationally. While PFA legislation has little chance of passing the Republican-controlled House, according to Jones Day partner Alison B. Marshall, she warned employers to remain vigilant about pay equity.

“The administrative agencies are not sitting back; they’re pressing ahead,” Marshall said in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday at the Society for Human Resource Management’s 2013 Employment Law & Legislative Conference. Despite congressional inaction on fair pay, she said federal officials at the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission are “looking at these bills that are introduced, and [are incorporating] pieces of them” into compliance regulations.

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