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HB16-1001: State Contr Certify Compliance With Equal Pay Laws

Bill Number: HB16-1001
Year: 2016
ACLU Position: Support
Sponsors: J. Buckner / J. Danielson / J. Ulibarri


The bill requires a business that bids for a contract with a
governmental body to submit with its bid certification that it is in
compliance with state and federal equal pay standards and laws; except
that this requirement does not apply to businesses that have 50 or fewer
The executive director of the department of personnel, or the
executive director’s designee (executive director), is required to develop
a form for a business to use to certify that it is in compliance with equal
pay standards and laws and that, if awarded a contract, it will remain in
compliance with such standards and laws throughout the term of the
contract. The executive director is required to ensure that the form
requires a business to certify certain general information regarding its
employees and employment and hiring practices in connection with equal
pay laws.
A business that is awarded a contract is required to ensure that any
subcontractor that it uses to fulfill the terms of the contract is also in
compliance with equal pay standards and laws.
All businesses that are awarded contracts by a governmental body
or that are subcontractors for a business that was awarded a contract by
a governmental body are required to keep and maintain certain
information related to their employees, broken down into categories by
gender, race, ethnicity, and national origin, for the term of the contract
with the governmental body.
If, after awarding a contract to a business, a governmental body
determines that the business knowingly submitted false information on
the certification form for equal pay compliance required by the bill, the
governmental body is required to terminate the contract.

Current Status:

Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (03/30/2016)

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