Continuing on his bold push for economic fairness, President Barack Obama signed a pair of executive orders on Tuesday. One order was specifically aimed at bolstering the right to equal pay for women, while the other mandates that federal contractors are barred from retaliating against employees who wish to discuss their pay at the workplace and with their supervisors.
That order also allows employers to not have to display pay rates although the order is aimed to encourage transparency.
Since coming to office, the president has been firm on the issue of women obtaining fair and equal pay after signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009. The timeliness of the executive order is linked to the Paycheck Fairness Act, another law being considered this week by the Senate. This also adds to the president’s efforts on increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 for federal contractors. Obama has asked Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which will help women across the nation stand against pay discrimination.
The second of the orders is directly focused on the discussing of compensation between employers and federal contractors.