March 11, 2019
State Chamber Update
In a story that appeared in the “Insurance Journal” on March 6, the authors outline what might be ahead for employers regarding gender pay data by perhaps as soon as May 31st. “Companies with more than 100 employees will have to report to the U.S. government data about how much workers are paid broken down by sex, race and ethnicity, possibly as soon as this spring, according to a new court ruling. The Pay disclosures were finalized by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the summer of 2016, but the Office of Management and Budget froze the expanded requirements after President Trump took office.”  Click here for the full story.

In other human resources related news, the General Assembly may consider a bill that would mandate expungements. The DSCC has been asked to gather feedback from the employer community balancing the need for accurate background history for employee applications, versus stigmatizing people for a lifetime. If you have feedback, please email James DeChene at JDeChene@dscc.com.
News You Can Use
Consumer price index information for February will be made public on Tuesday, while weekly jobless claims, February retail sales and January new home sales will be released on Thursday. We end a busy week of economic news on Friday with Industrial production statistics from February. 

Closer to home, Delaware's monthly Labor Review for January can be viewed by clicking here.

Last week, the Chamber conducted a Chamber Action Network survey on the issue of legalization of recreational marijuana. Thanks to those who responded. We'll share the results with the General Assembly. Please feel free to contact us with further thoughts about this issue. Be on the lookout for future advocacy surveys from the Chamber. Opt in by texting "DSCC" to 50457.
Michael J. Quaranta
President
Delaware State Chamber of Commerce
“The Most Unusual Store on the Shore” has been Delmarva’s most popular shopping experience since 1969, and a member of the State Chamber since 1992.
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