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How Companies Are Creating Pay Equality

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How Companies Are Creating Pay Equality

Despite the passage of the Equal Pay Act and other fair pay legislation, women in many companies across the United States still earn less than their male colleagues. The pay gap is even more prominent for minority women, who often find themselves among a company’s lowest earners when compared against male or white coworkers. As the American workforce grows in diversity, several organizations are working to remedy this issue by implementing changes from within. Here are three major ways that companies have fought to abolish the wage gap.

Establish Pay Transparency

Discussion of salary within a company has traditionally been a somewhat taboo topic, but some companies are working to eliminate the stigma of discussing pay in hopes that it will promote better wage equality. Oftentimes, pay inequalities remain unnoticed simply because there is a lack of discourse surrounding salary. If employees are openly aware of each other’s salaries and the salaries offered at different levels, this makes it much more difficult for pay inequalities to persist. Additionally, it is beneficial to encourage managers to discuss pay decisions with one another, rather than making choices unilaterally. The more open discourse becomes, the easier it will be to address biases before they become an issue.

Create a Clear Structure for Payment

One of best ways to promote salary transparency while maintaining equality is to implement hiring and payment guidelines. Many businesses operate without clearly established procedures for handling things such as hiring, promotions, and differing levels of experience among employees. To ensure fair pay, companies should institute a compensation structure. This involves looking at market salary data, working with career development professionals, and observing where pay gaps currently exist. It also means that the company must determine precisely what employee skills or experience they are looking for at each pay grade.

Formatting a thorough payment philosophy may take several months or more, but creating a clear framework is a crucial step needed to achieve company-wide pay equality. When a business has a concrete payment policy, managers and employees can look to it for guidance on maintaining pay standards that benefit all workers.

Maintain Oversight

Creating a fair payment structure does little good if that structure is not enforced and maintained. Among companies that have achieved pay equality, a key component of their strategy typically involves making regular salary check-ins. Conducting salary audits at periodic intervals will help managers analyze where issues may arise and stay on track with the company’s equal compensation system.

Another helpful method to maintain pay equity is to eliminate the practice of asking job candidates for their salary history. This is a notable change from the conventional hiring practices at many businesses, but it is one of the best ways to guarantee that new employees do not continuously suffer the effects of discriminatory practices from previous companies. It also incorporates new hires into the organization without undermining the established payment framework.

Achieving pay equality requires effort and dedication from everyone within an organization. Making a sudden move to eliminate wage gaps may be a bold step for a business, but it speaks strongly to the company’s values of fairness and honesty. In the end, this commitment is well worthwhile, and it will contribute to a more positive company image and a better work environment for all employees.

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Modern and Stylish Stationery

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PTC Study: Sexualized Teen Girls Are Tinseltown’s New Target

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LOS ANGELES (December 15, 2010) – In a new report, the Parents Television CouncilTM details the nature and extent of Hollywood’s obsession with sexualizing teen girls. PTC’s report, Tinseltown’s New Target: A study of Teen Female Sexualization on Primetime TV, is based on a content analysis of the most popular primetime broadcast shows among 12 to 17-year-olds during the 2009-2010 TV season. To view PTC’s full report, visit: www.parentstv.org/sexualization.

PTC found that when underage female characters appear on screen: more sexual content is depicted; the teen girls show next to no negative response to being sexualized; more sexual incidents occur outside of any form of a committed relationship; and there is less accuracy in the TV content rating.

“The results from this report show Tinseltown’s eagerness to not only objectify and fetishize young girls, but to sexualize them in such a way that real teens are led to believe their sole value comes from their sexuality. This report is less about the shocking numbers that detail the sickness of early sexualization in our entertainment culture and more about the generation of young girls who are being told how society expects them to behave,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

“Storylines on the most popular shows among teens are sending the message to our daughters that being sexualized isn’t just acceptable, it should be sought after. It is outrageous that TV executives have made it their business to profit off of programs that depict teen girls blissfully being sexualized by casual partners and only showing disapproval for being sexualized five percent of the time.

“The TV networks really stick it to families by leaving off the ‘S’ descriptor to warn them about this type of sexual content a shocking 75 percent of the time. But parents and the PTC aren’t just asking for more warning, we are asking the entertainment industry to take immediate steps to reverse this trend.

“It will take action from parents, actors themselves, and advertisers who pay for TV content – not to mention awareness on the part of the public and our elected representatives – to instigate change. Combining the pervasiveness of teen sexualization with the well-documented research on the consequences – everything from body dissatisfaction to depression – should be more than enough.

“To any parent of a pre-teen or teenage girl, the harm of sexualized imagery is readily apparent. We cannot allow our daughters, not to mention boys and adult men, to accept the message that women should be valued only for their sex appeal – even if it seems every magazine cover, billboard, movie, and television program convey that message,” Winter concluded.

Nielsen data was used to identify the top 25 shows for ages 12 to 17. Analysts focused on scripted, primetime broadcast programming on the top 25 list which aired during the first two weeks of the November 2009 sweeps period (October 29, 2009 – November 11, 2009) and the May 2010 sweeps period (April 29, 2010 – May 12, 2010). The data was reviewed based on numerous different factors ranging from the genre of the program to the gender of the initiator and the participant’s attitude toward the sexualizing incident.

Major Findings:
–Underage female characters are shown participating in a higher percentage of sexual depictions compared to adults (47% and 29% respectively).

–Only 5% of the underage female characters communicated any form of dislike for being sexualized (excluding scenes depicting healthy sexuality).

–Out of all the sexualized female characters depicted in the underage and young adult category for the entire database, 86% were presented as only being of high school age.

–Seventy-five percent of shows that included sexualized underage female characters were shows that did not have an “S” descriptor to warn parents about the sexual content.

–Based upon a definition established by the American Psychological Association of “healthy” vs. “unhealthy” sexuality, the study findings show that 93% of the sexual incidents involving underage female characters occurred within a context that qualified as “unhealthy.”

–The data revealed that 98% of the sexual incidents involving underage female characters occurred outside of any form of a committed relationship.

–The data show that 73% of the underage sexualized incidents were presented in a humorous manner or as a punch line to a joke.

To view additional web content including images, video examples and the full study, visit PTC’s female sexualization website at www.parentstv.org/sexualization.

The Parents Television Council® (www.parentstv.org®) is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media. This national grassroots organization has more than 1.3 million members and 56 chapters across the United States, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children. The PTCTM also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families.

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