Trump to halt Obama-era gender pay gap rule

Advocacy groups say it is setback for equal pay

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The White House says it's halting an Obama-era rule meant to close the gender pay gap, saying it's too burdensome for businesses

The rule would have required companies with 100 employees or more to report pay data by gender, race and ethnicity. 

Advocacy groups say the move is a setback for equal pay. 

Anne Hedgepeth with the American Association of University Women "It would help workplaces that are doing the right thing show that they are," says Anne Hedgepeth with the American Association of University Women. "It would help workplaces that may have gaps, self-correct." 

The American Association of Women says halting the rule will hurt efforts to achieve equal pay for women and minorities. 

The nonprofit  says women in Iowa make 77 percent of what men in the state make, 3 percent below the national average. 

The nonprofit says American women make 80 percent of what men make. Women of color make even less. 

In Iowa, it's estimated women lose a combined total of $5 billion dollars every year due to that gap.

The Obama administration proposed the rule last year, and it was supposed to go into effect this spring. Now it's on hold and under review. 

In a memo, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs said parts of the data collection: "Lack practical utility, are unnecessarily burdensome, and do not adequately address privacy and confidentiality issues." 

"When you think about the amount of money that women in particular lose out on over the course of their careers," says Hedgepeth, "that's the burden we should be concerned about." 

Ivanka Trump has been a vocal advocate of equal pay, but now she's facing criticism for her opposition to the data collection rule. In a statement, she said in part: "Ultimately, while I believe the intention was good and agree that pay transparency is important, the proposed policy would not yield the intended results." 

The American Association of University Women says they won't give up. 

Hedgepeth says, "We're calling on Ivanka, on the White House on all policy-makers to take steps toward ending the pay gap." 


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