STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1185
RE: H.B. No. 1192
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2019
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Judiciary, to which was referred H.B. No. 1192, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO EQUAL PAY,"
begs leave to report as follows:
(1) Expand the protected classes under Hawaii's equal pay statute to be consistent with the state statute that prohibits employment discrimination;
(2) Clarify the factors that can be used by employers to justify differences in compensation; and
(3) Provide pay transparency by requiring employers to make salary range information available to employees and job candidates.
The Hawai‘i State Commission on the Status of Women; LGBT Caucus; O‘ahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i; American Association of University Women of Hawaii; Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law & Economic Justice; Midwives Alliance of Hawaii; Aloha State Association of the Deaf; O‘ahu County Democrats; Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii; and several individuals testified in support of this measure. The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii; Ewa by Gentry Community Association; Fair Wind Cruises; TRUSTA, An Accountancy Corporation; Dole Food Co. Hawaii; and an individual testified in opposition to this measure. The Hawai‘i Civil Rights Commission; Fujiwara & Rosenbaum, LLLC; and Hawaii Food Industry Association provided comments.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Adding a definition for "substantially similar work" for which equal pay is required;
(2) Providing that prohibitions on employer retaliation or discrimination do not apply to discussion of employee wages if that knowledge stems from human resources, payroll, or legal professional responsibilities in the workplace; and
(3) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity, consistency, and style.
Your Committee notes that 21 other states have passed similar laws providing for equal pay.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1192, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1192, H.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary,
CHRIS LEE, Chair