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Five Workplace Issues We’ll Be Talking About In 2018

Source | FastCompany :  BY LYDIA DISHMAN

We thought 2016 was a year of turning points. But we had no idea how 2017 would shape up to hold far more moments that affected the workplace, from the current administration’s changing positions on labor policy issues, to whistleblowers sounding the alarm on sexism, racism, and other unfair practices, to the shifting demographics of the workforce itself with the first members of gen Z making their entry into full-time employment.

Here is a look at some of the more significant trends that will continue to dominate the conversation around work in 2018.

UNEQUAL PAY

Even though transparency is a core value for many companies, the Trump administration is actively working against measures that would make salary data more open to ensure there is no wage discrimination.

The amendment that would have safeguarded federal funding to administrate the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) equal pay data collection initiative was voted down by the House of Representatives.  As the March 2018 deadline looms for the Obama-era mandate that requires companies with over 100 employees to report pay data by race, ethnicity, and gender, the acting chairperson of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Victoria Lipnic, is also suggesting they might not have to do it at all if the commission appoints two Republican nominees. Of course, the wage gap varies by state, position, race, and other factors. For example, female financial advisers make an average of 55% what their male counterparts earn, according to an analysis of jobs by SmartAsset.

In an effort to make things more equitable, the cities of Philadelphia, New York City, and San Francisco, and the states of Massachusetts, Delaware, and Oregon have passed laws to make it illegal for employers to ask about salary history. Prior to these rulings, candidates could refuse to discuss their previous salaries with unintended consequences.

The wage gap will likely have more far-reaching consequences in 2018. SmartAsset’s vice president of financial education A.J. Smith said that when it comes to things like housing, women may be even worse off than the pay gap suggests. “There are only seven cities, out of the 100 we analyzed, where the average woman’s earnings would allow her to be unburdened by housing costs,” Smith said, “Meanwhile there are 63 cities where men typically pay less than the recommended 30% of their income on rent.”

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