Key Voting H.R. 1338, the Paycheck Fairness Act

The NAM today sent a letter to the House of Representatives signed by Executive Vice President Jay Timmons expressing the association’s opposition to H.R. 1338, the Paycheck Fairness Act. Here’s the body of the letter:

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the nation’s largest industrial trade association representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states, urges you to oppose H.R. 1338, the Paycheck Fairness Act.

The NAM is strongly committed to equal employment opportunity and supports vigorous enforcement of anti-discrimination laws. Manufacturers are committed to equal opportunity in hiring, pay and job advancement for all employees.

The Equal Pay Act, which is current law, already prohibits wage differentials based on gender in the same establishment. The NAM opposes provisions in H.R. 1338 that would:

  • Eliminate current caps on punitive and compensatory damages in claims made under the Equal Pay Act;
  • Expose employers to unlimited punitive and compensatory damage awards when unintentional pay disparities have occurred;
  • Eliminate key employer defenses for pay disparities;
  • Prohibit employers from disciplining or discharging employees for publicly disclosing sensitive wage information; and,
  • Mandate new federal government “guidelines” about the relative worth of different types of jobs.

Manufacturers strongly oppose a process whereby the federal government determines pay. Such policies would almost certainly result in a confused set of constantly changing government standards and prolonged litigation over employer compensation practices.

The NAM’s Key Vote Advisory Committee has indicated that votes on H.R. 1338, the Paycheck Fairness Act, including potential procedural votes, will be considered for designation as Key Manufacturing Votes in the 110th Congress.

Key Votes are those the NAM uses to develop its vote rankings for each session of Congress.

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