The Equal Pay Act was passed in 1963. That same year, the Beatles wanted to hold your hand, President Kennedy was assassinated, and women were earning 59 to 64 cents for every dollar earned by men working the same jobs.

Over 50 years later, the gender pay gap still exists. Although there has been progress, women today still only earn about 79 to 80 cents for every dollar earned by men. For women of color, the pay gap is even greater. The government is obviously aware of this situation and has attempted to remedy the problem through pay equity initiatives at both the federal and state levels. Employers, faced with compliance requirements from many fronts, are looking for guidance. They want to ensure they are compensating their employees fairly, but the plethora of new and sometimes conflicting laws presents a challenge, even for the most diligent employer.

Not only must employers ensu