CCH Issues White Paper on Fair Pay Act Legislation

(RIVERWOODS, ILL., February 9, 2009) – CCH, part of Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, has published a White Paper: Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009: What’s Next for Employers? by CCH Employment Law Analyst Brett A. Gorovsky, JD. Wolters Kluwer Law & Business is a leading provider of research information and software solutions in key specialty areas for legal, business compliance and human resources professionals (

Amidst what could be the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, President Barack Obama signed into law a bill to provide fair pay in the workplace, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. The law extends the time period in which employees can pursue disparate pay claims under four antidiscrimination laws: Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act.

The White Paper examines the provisions of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and how they will affect employers.

Proponents of the law see it as a critical component in stimulating the economy because it helps ensure equal pay, not just for female employees, but also for their families. However, its opponents believe that at a time when 11.6 million Americans are out of work and the unemployment rate is 7.6 percent – the highest unemployment rate in more than 16 years – the law exposes employers to expensive and frivolous lawsuits for pay disparities resulting from alleged adverse employment actions made years, or even decades, ago.

“As a result of the new law, employers must review their HR, benefits and compensation practices to ensure that they are consistently applied, both at the employee’s time of hire and during tenure with the company to reduce the risk of any potential employer liability resulting from the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act,” said Gorovsky.

To access the White Paper, go to

About the Author

Brett Gorovsky is an attorney and employment law analyst who tracks and analyzes employment law issues, court decisions and trends. He is the editor of CCH’s Accommodating Disabilities Decisions, which provides analysis of key federal and state disability discrimination decisions. Gorovsky is also a contributing editor for the Employment Practices Guide, covering federal and state laws, regulations, rules and decisions pertaining to workplace discrimination. In addition, he contributes to CCH’s biweekly Employment Practices Newsletter, which reports on the latest trends, cases and legislative changes in federal and state anti-discrimination law. Gorovsky also regularly contributes to CCH WorkWeek, which provides summaries on breaking legislative developments, regulatory activity, state law changes and key case law from the past week.

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EDITORS’ NOTE: Members of the press interested in speaking with Brett Gorovsky should contact Neil Allen at 847-267-2179,; or Leslie Bonacum at 847-267-7153,