Sacramento Bee: Here’s what new California workplace laws mean for pay, wage theft and family leave

October 09, 2020

Companies with 100 or more employees next year will have provide the Department of Fair Employment and Housing information about how much their workers are paid, broken down by race, ethnicity, gender and job categories.

The salary data called for under Senate Bill 973 for individual employees or companies is to be kept confidential, except as necessary for enforcement. But the bill aims to equip the state with more information to better investigate discriminatory pay practices.

“You can’t fix what you can’t see,” the bill’s author, Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, said in a press release. “With SB 973, employers will have a chance to identify inequities in their pay and hiring practices and take action to fix them."