ERIC Number: ED316639
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
The Cost of Pay Equity in Public and Private Employment.
National Committee on Pay Equity, Washington, DC.
Implementing the principle of equal pay for work of comparable value, usually called "pay equity" or "comparable worth," should not be a major problem for either the public or private sectors. Information was analyzed from a survey of 24 State and local public sector employers involved in the implementation of pay equity, telephone interviews with 15 private sector employers involved in the implementation of pay equity in 9 different industries, and personal interviews with a cross-section of 15 other private sector employers about their views on pay equity and its prospects for voluntary implementation. Three brief case studies were also developed from the public sector sample to provide fuller information on costs and the complex processes involved. The following conclusions are outlined: (1) the experience of the public sector indicates that improvements in equity are making moderate increases in proportion to the employers' ability to pay, and that implementation becomes less difficult over time; (2) accurate cost estimates are impossible to obtain because the issues involved are still emerging and fear of lawsuits inhibits the flow of information in the private sector; (3) costs will be influenced by the extent of pay equity remedies and the reliability of job evaluation methods; (4) prospects for voluntary implementation in the private sector are likely to improve as more employers implement plans creating competition for labor; and (5) private employers appear to be committed to pay equity as a good business practice. The following material is appended: (1) five tabular summaries of the public sector survey responses; (2) the 1982 New York State Salary Table used in the public sector survey; and (3) a copy of the public employer survey questionnaire. (FMW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Committee on Pay Equity, Washington, DC.