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Jerry Brown urges lawmakers to pass equal pay act

Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at the 19th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit at Zephyr Cove, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, in South Lake Tahoe, Nev.
Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at the 19th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit at Zephyr Cove, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, in South Lake Tahoe, Nev. AP

Gov. Jerry Brown will sign legislation enacting pay equity laws that are among the strongest in the nation if, as expected, the bill reaches his desk, his office said Wednesday.

Senate Bill 358, by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, would prohibit employers from forbidding workers from comparing wages. It would also require equal pay for “substantially similar work” regardless of gender, strengthening the state’s existing Equal Pay Act.

Brown rarely comments publicly on pending legislation. The announcement of his intentions came on Women’s Equality Day – in a tweet.

“Breaking w/convention on #WomensEqualityDay to announce @JerryBrownGov will sign CA Fair Pay Act when it reaches his desk,” wrote Brown’s executive secretary, Nancy McFadden.

The bill has bipartisan support and passed the Senate in May without opposition. The Assembly has yet to return it to the upper house for concurrence.

David Siders: 916-321-1215, @davidsiders

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