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Maryland Equal Pay Commission

I. Meeting Dates

  1. The Commission will meet quarterly:
    1. December 16, 2016 3pm – 4:30pm
      Agenda
      Minutes
    2. Cancelled - April 21, 2017 10:00am – 12:00pm
      Rescheduled - May 22, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
      Agenda
      Minutes
    3. July 21, 2017 10:00am -12:00pm
    4. October 20, 2017 10:00am – 12:00pm
  2. All meetings will be held at the following location:
    Division of Labor and Industry
    1100 N. Eutaw Street
    Conference Room 600
    Baltimore, Maryland 21201

II. House Bill 1004 Overview

  1. The Commission shall consist of:
    1. The Secretary of DLLR, or designee;
    2. The Commissioner, or designee;
    3. The Executive Director of the Commission on Civil Rights, or designee; and
    4. The following members appointed by the Governor:
      1. Three (3) Representatives of business in the State who have:
        1. Been nominated by State Business Organizations; and
        2. Nominated by Business Trade Associations
      2. Two (2) Representatives of Labor Organizations who were nominated by Labor Federations.
      3. Two (2) Representatives of Organizations:
        1. Whose objectives include elimination of pay disparity; and
        2. Who have undertaken advocacy, educational, or legislative initiatives in pursuit of those objectives.
      4. Three (3) Representatives of Higher Education or Research Initiatives:
        1. Who have experience and expertise collecting data on pay disparities; and
        2. Whose research has been used in efforts to promote the elimination of those disparities.
    5. Thirteen (13) total members, Chaired by a designee of the Governor.
  2. The Commission has six (6) legislated goals:
    1. Continually evaluate the extent of wage disparities in public and private sectors in the state between individuals of one race, sex, or gender and individuals of a separate race, sex, or gender;
    2. Establish a mechanism for the Commissioner to collect data from employers in the state, which will be used to assist the Commission in its efforts to evaluate the disparities listed in Goal 1;
    3. Develop a comprehensive strategy to determine and recommend best practices regarding equal pay for equal work to individuals, employers, and policymakers;
    4. Study and make recommendations regarding whether, and to what extent, administrative and legal remedies and processes can be streamlined and harmonized across the subtitle and other employment antidiscrimination laws;
    5. Develop partnerships with public and private entities to identify:
      1. Methods of developing a data collection mechanism;
      2. Effective methods of outreach through which the Commission may raise the awareness of employers about the provisions of this subtitle; and
      3. Potential funding sources to help the Division of Labor and Industry absorb costs associated with staffing the Commission and implementing the Commission’s charge.
    6. Share data and findings with the Commissioner to assist in enforcement actions under this subtitle.
  3. On or before December 15, 2017, and on or before December 15 of each year thereafter, the Commission shall submit a report of findings and recommendations, including any recommended legislation, to the Governor, the Senate Finance Committee, and the House Economic Matters Committee.