New Free Tool for Companies Striving to Eliminate Pay Gaps – NBC Boston
Workplace fairness advocates have launched a new online toolkit and resource manual that gives employers ways to look at how much they pay workers to see if men, women and people of color are professionally equal.
“We need to build a better system,” said Jessica Nordhaus, from the Vermont group Change the Story, which is dedicated to women’s economic security.
Nordhaus wants the pay gap to be closed at last.
Figures from the U.S. Department of Labor show that, on average, women earn about 82 cents for every dollar men earn, and the difference is even greater for many women of color.
“I think people are ready, maybe, to start thinking a bit more about what a fair society can look like,” Nordhaus said in an interview Tuesday with NECN.
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Although Change the Story and its partners are based in Vermont, the toolkit they launched can be used anywhere, Nordhaus noted.
Called the LEEP Toolkit, for Leaders for Pay Equity and Equal Pay, the resources can help leaders of workplaces with up to 400 people conduct their own internal pay equity reviews among employees. gender and race.
Small businesses might have imagined that this type of analysis would be expensive and require outside consultants, Change the Story noted, but the toolkit now makes it more accessible.
New LEEP Toolkit received praise from economist Evelyn Murphy, the very first woman elected to a statewide post when she became lieutenant governor there in the late 1980s .
Murphy spoke at Tuesday’s virtual launch event for the LEEP Toolkit. The toolkit is available free on the Change the Story website.
“For me, this has the potential to make Vermont the national leader in closing the gender and race wage gap,” Murphy said of the toolkit.
Cary Brown of the Vermont Commission on Women said long-standing structural factors must be taken into account in order to effect change. These include the value society places on certain industries or how women can struggle to advance in their fields if they take the time to care for children, Brown said.
“I think the pandemic gives us a great opportunity to understand some of these structural inequalities that we have faced from the start and how we can address them,” Brown told NECN.
The team behind the toolkit emphasized that it was not designed to blame. The objective is rather to help employers find successes, so that they can better live their values.
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