2007 House Bill 4625

Mandate “comparable worth” pay

Introduced in the House

April 19, 2007

Introduced by Rep. Joan Bauer (D-68)

To prohibit paying a person a wage or salary that is less than an amount established under an interpretation of “comparable worth” devised by a <a href="http://www.michiganvotes.org/2007-HB-4627">proposed commission</a> composed of various special interests and advocacy groups, making doing so a civil rights law violation. The bill would prohibit different levels of compensation for work of “comparable value,” meaning a “comparable composite skill, responsibility, effort, education or training, and working conditions.” The bill does not specify how different kinds of work (as opposed to different people doing the same work) would be compared with regard to these various criteria.

Referred to the Committee on Labor

May 8, 2007

Reported without amendment

Without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.

April 22, 2008

Amendment offered by Rep. Arlan Meekhof (R-89)

To prohibit employers from offering or providing fringe benefits (such as health insurance) to the same-sex partner of an employee.

The amendment failed by voice vote

Passed in the House 59 to 48 (details)

Received in the Senate

April 23, 2008

Referred to the Committee on Commerce and Tourism