Oregon Equal Pay Act
Communication to PPS Employees
Friday, March 15, 2019
The Oregon Equal Pay Act, signed by Governor Brown and effective as of January 1, 2019, focuses on two primary compliance areas regarding employee pay: clearly determining comparable work, and substantiating any pay differentiation among employees through bona fide criteria (such as merit, experience or training), and not as a result of discrimination toward any protected class.
The Oregon Equal Pay Act allows time for organizations to complete an analysis to determine their compliance. While we believe that Portland Public Schools is in compliance with the law, we are going to take advantage of this opportunity and complete a comprehensive analysis of all represented and non-represented PPS staff.
There are a few things that I want to be sure you know. First, the full analysis, which has already begun, will be completed by June 30, 2019. Second, we believe very few staff (and a limited number of these individuals from our represented staff) will be affected in any way. Finally, while there could be rare cases where an individual’s pay is affected, no employee will experience a pay decrease as a result of this analysis.
As for next steps, if you are in a work group that is determined to need further analysis, your manager will be contacted by the Human Resources department.
In the meantime, if you have any questions about the Oregon Equal Pay Act or the HR team’s analytical process, please contact the Classification and Compensation group at email@example.com. You can also find information about the act by clicking here for an FAQ document.
Chief Human Resources Officer