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S.2199: Paycheck Fairness Act

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This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about labor and employment
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Sponsor Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md.
Total Cosponsors 42 (41 Democrats, 1 Independent)
Introduced April 1, 2014
Latest Major Action Sept. 15, 2014
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7th Sept. 21, 2014

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Bill Summary

Paycheck Fairness Act - Amends the portion of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) known as the Equal Pay Act to revise remedies for, enforcement of, and exceptions to prohibitions against sex discrimination in the payment of wages.

Revises the exception to the prohibition for a wage rate differential based on any other factor other than sex. Limits such factors to bona fide factors, such as education, training, or experience.

States that the bona fide factor defense shall apply only if the employer demonstrates that such factor: (1) is not based upon or derived from a sex-based differential in compensation, (2) is job-related with respect to the position in question, and (3) is consistent with business necessity. Makes such defense inapplicable where the employee demonstrates that: (1) an alternative employment practice exists that would serve the same business purpose without producing such differential, and (2) the employer has refused to adopt such altern...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Sept. 15, 2014

Cloture on the bill not invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 52 - 40. Record Vote Number: 262. (consideration: CR S5579-5580; text: CR H5579)

Sept. 11, 2014 Cloture motion on the bill presented in Senate. (consideration: CR S5530; text: CR S5530)
Sept. 11, 2014 Motion by Senator Reid to commit to Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions with instructions to report back forthwith with amendment SA 3802 made in Senate. (consideration: CR S5530)
Sept. 11, 2014 Measure laid before Senate by motion. (consideration: CR S5530)
Sept. 11, 2014 Motion to proceed to consideration of measure agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote. (consideration: CR S5530)
Sept. 11, 2014 Motion to proceed to measure considered in Senate. (consideration: CR S5524, S5528-5529-5530)
Sept. 10, 2014 Motion to proceed to measure considered in Senate. (consideration: CR S5487-5488, S5495-5497)
Sept. 10, 2014

Upon reconsideration, cloture on the motion to proceed to the measure invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 73 - 25. Record Vote Number: 260. (consideration: CR S5487-5488; text: CR S5488)

Sept. 10, 2014 Motion by Senator Reid to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on the motion to proceed to the measure (Record Vote No. 103) agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote. (consideration: CR S5487)
Sept. 10, 2014 Motion to proceed to consideration of the motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on the motion to proceed to the measure (Record Vote No. 103) agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote. (consideration: CR S5487-5488)
April 9, 2014 Motion by Senator Reid to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on the motion to proceed to the measure (Record Vote No. 103) entered in Senate. (consideration: CR S2299)
April 9, 2014

Cloture on the motion to proceed to the measure not invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 53 - 44. Record Vote Number: 103. (consideration: CR S2299; text: CR S2299)

April 9, 2014 Motion to proceed to consideration of measure made in Senate. (consideration: CR S2293-2299, S2299-2300, S2305-2307, S2316-2317, S2318)
April 8, 2014 Motion to proceed to consideration of measure made in Senate. (consideration: CR S2203, S2203-2204, S2205, S2206-2207, S2208-2210, S2210-2223, S2227)
April 7, 2014 Cloture motion on the motion to proceed to the measure presented in Senate. (consideration: CR S2179; text: CR S2179)
April 7, 2014 Motion to proceed to consideration of measure made in Senate. (consideration: CR S2179-2180, S2181-2184)
April 2, 2014 Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 345.
April 1, 2014 Introduced in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.