On Jan. 1, 2019, the final component of the Oregon Equal Pay Law went into effect. This law intends to decrease pay inequality for protected classes and limit inquiries into employees’ past salaries. While parts of the law went into effect in 2017, Jan. 1 marks the date for employers to bring wages up to standards and opens the door for employees to file legal suits against employers who do not comply.
The first component of House Bill 2005, enacted by the 2017 Oregon Legislative Assembly and signed by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on June 1, went into effect Oct. 6, 2017. This prohibited employers from seeking salary history of an applicant or employee before the employer makes an offer of employment that includes an amount of compensation.