Whitmer signs equal pay for equal work Executive Directive

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer today has signed her tenth Executive Directive of the new year.

Today’s directive is aimed at securing equal pay for equal work for State of Michigan Employees.

The order issued Tuesday prohibits state departments and agencies from inquiring about a job applicant’s current or previous salaries until making a conditional offer of employment, including proposed compensation.

The state also cannot retrieve the same information by searching public records or databases.

Whitmer, a Democrat who took office last week, says asking job applicants about their salary history can perpetuate the gender wage gap. “It’s pretty simple, women deserve equal pay for equal work,” said Whitmer. “Women in Michigan earn 78 cents for every dollar men make for doing the same job, and it’s time for that to change.”

Attorney General Dana Nessel supported Gov. Whitmer’s directive. “I have directed my HR department to immediately comply with the Governor’s directive. Women in the state of Michigan can look forward to the next four years with confidence, knowing that their state executive officers will not engage in or permit discrimination against them,” said Nessel.

Progress Michigan was also quick to respond to the governor’s action. “Gov. Whitmer is wasting no time showing that equality is at the top of her mind as she works to drive Michigan in a new direction. This executive order helps address long-term pay discrimination that has plagued our state for too long,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan.

Her order does not prevent an applicant from volunteering information about compensation, but the applicant’s refusal to do so must not be considered in an employment decision.

ONLINE: Executive Directive 2019-10

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