Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Commissioners Debbie O’Malley and Maggie Hart Stebbins today announced Bernalillo County will require vendors doing business with the county to disclose pay equity information, or pay gaps between what men and women are paid for doing the same work.
The county will provide worksheet templates to assist contractors in producing pay equity disclosure reports necessary for reporting percentage differences between pay for women and men working in the same job categories.
Individual names and pay amounts will not be collected. The forms and procedures are currently being developed by county staff and will take effect later this year.
The measure was passed unanimously by the commission via a resolution in September, and is similar to the current requirement in place by the State of New Mexico.
“I’m committed to doing everything I can to ensure that Bernalillo County women receive equal pay for equal work,” says Commission Chair Maggie Hart Stebbins, who sponsored the measure.
“This is an important first step toward eliminating the pay gap for women in Bernalillo County.”
In 2010, women who worked full time earned 81 percent of men’s median weekly earnings, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Bernalillo County, like all New Mexico counties, is governed by state procurement law as enacted by the New Mexico Legislature.Gender pay equity is not currently addressed specifically in state law.
Commissioners O’Malley and Hart Stebbins seek to change that by asking the Legislature to adopt gender pay equity as a requirement in the state procurement code.
“I look forward to working with the Legislature on updating the state procurement code and leveling the playing field for New Mexico women,” Commission Vice Chair Debbie O’Malley says.
For more information, vendors can call the Purchasing Department at 505.468.7013.
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