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Commissioners Pass Gender-Pay Equity Amendment

10/14/2020
1:57 PM
Tom Thorpe, O (505) 314-0403, C (505) 414-0485 - tthorpe@bernco.gov

Bernalillo County – Bernalillo County commissioners passed an amendment to the Bernalillo County procurement code that gives a 5% preference to businesses that have no pay gap between male and female employees.

Simply stated, the new amendment means that businesses that wish to garner a county contract can receive the 5% preference if they can show that men and women, performing the same work or that have similar positions, are paid the same amount for their work.

“Equal pay for equal work is of vital importance in Bernalillo County,” says County Commission Vice Chair Charlene Pyskoty. “This is an effort to reward companies that recognize the value of employees, regardless of their gender, and support county residents in the workplace.”

The equal pay preference means that a company’s bid will be considered 5% lower if equal pay is proven, or if submitting a proposal, an additional 5% will be added to the total possible points or the total weight of all the factors used in evaluating the proposals. An example: The company bid is $100,000, but with the proven preference, the bid is considered to be $95,000 and is compared with other bids at this level, or when submitting a proposal that has been assigned a total possible points of 100, an additional 5 points will be added to the overall evaluation score the company receives.

The gender-pay equity amendment was approved by the commission on a 4 to 0 vote. Commissioner Debbie O’Malley was absent.

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About Bernalillo County

Bernalillo County is 1,160 square miles and is New Mexico’s most populous county with more than 676,000 residents. Bernalillo County government provides a wide range of public services to residents who live in Albuquerque, Los Ranchos and Tijeras and the 111,000 residents who live outside the village and city limits in the unincorporated areas of the county. Bernalillo County employs approximately 2,500 people and has an annual operating budget and capital investments of more than $650 million. Elected officials include five county commissioners, assessor, clerk, probate judge, sheriff, and treasurer.

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