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Trump Ices Expensive, Unjust Obama Equal Pay Rule

The White House this week set aside a rule crafted by the Obama White House to force businesses to disclose what they are paying people, information the Clinton administration, which didn’t happen, would have used to begin forcing equal pay.

From the Wall Street Journal:

A long-time progressive goal has been to use charges of a gender pay gap to begin dictating salaries in the private economy. This week the Trump Administration halted an Obama Administration step toward that end.

The Office of Management and Budget on Tuesday stayed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) rule dealing with a bureaucratic form known as EEO-1. The old EEO-1 required federal contractors and any company with more than 100 employees to submit data about their workforces—including breakdowns by race, ethnicity, gender and job category. In 2016 Team Obama added a demand for data on pay, effective March 2018.

The rule is a typical end-run around Congress, which refused to enact President Obama’s Paycheck Fairness Act that would have enabled such wage-data collection.

The Trump OMB cited the exorbitant cost and hassle of compliance for staying the rule, and that’s reason enough. The old EEO-1 form required about 180 pieces of information, while the Obama form increased that 20-fold to 3,660 data points per report.

The Obama EEOC said the rule would cost about $50 million a year and 1.9 million hours to comply. But a Chamber of Commerce survey found the direct compliance costs alone would be closer to $400 million and eight million hours of labor. Add indirect overhead and annual costs jumped to $1.3 billion.

There are many reasons women earn less than men – few of them having to do with discrimination – including the careers they choose and decisions to leave the workforce to have children. Discrimination should be litigated on a case-by-case basis, not via socialist edict.

And BTW, add $1 billion to businesses costs while forcing them to increase salaries just because people are of a certain gender results in job losses, for women and for men.

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10 Responses to Trump Ices Expensive, Unjust Obama Equal Pay Rule

  1. Nice to see you back in the saddle Keith. Beach vacations are over for us. Back to reality and battling libs. Antifa. And the general destruction of the US

  2. Like most of Obama’s E.O.s, the title of the order had nothing to do with the content.
    Obama was looking for that blatant racism that all Blacks know exist, everywhere, in every entity, in every situation.
    If their fast-food burger came smashed inside the wrapper, it was a racist doing the wrapping.
    Schools punish Black children for bad behavior while overlooking what White children do during school hours.
    Etc. Etc. Forever.
    For gender discrimination – laws already exist to remedy that. No E.O. was necessary.
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    Virtue Signaling. That’s what all this love and concern for the oppressed is called now.

  3. ‘Separate but equal’ is a good method to analyze what good comes from each group & which group’s good would prevail above the others & observe the descending order of the others’ good & pay accordingly!

  4. Taxes == when businesses have to spend some of their money on something that they would never otherwise — in this case the recipient is the government.

    Government Regulations and Reporting == when businesses have to spend some of their money on something that they would never otherwise — in this case the cost is extra labor costs in complying.

    BTW — when labor costs go up in one area businesses reduce labor costs elsewhere, quite often.

    Thankfully the current president understands economics — the last dude had econ training by communists — the utopian dream where 100 million people died in the last century for it.

    BTW2 – My spouse was trained in business and journalism — and was floored by how dumb journalism majors were about all things economics/accounting/business.