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Employment (Pay Equity and Equal Pay) Bill

Introduced on July 26. The Bill sets out a process for employees to file pay equity claims directly with their employers rather than going through the courts. It also replaces previous pay equity and sex discrimination legislation. First reading completed on August 10 with National, ACT and United Future in favour. Strongly opposed by Opposition parties who said it would make pay equity claims more difficult to bring and settle. Bill referred to the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee. Bill lapsed as it was not reinstated in the 52nd Parliament. Employment (Pay Equity and Equal Pay) Bill