Equal Pay: Leveling The Gap On Gender Pay Inequality

August 20th, 2018

Understanding Equal Pay & the Impact You Can Have

Are you able to ask candidates for their salary history in your state or city? If so, you may not be for long. If you are hiring employees in California, Connecticut (effective Jan 1, 2019), Delaware, Hawaii (effective Jan 1, 2019), Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, and Vermont, you cannot ask the candidate’s previous salary history during the recruitment process. All of these states and additional municipalities are just the beginning. We will continue to see many more jump on board in the months and years to come.

Women Make Only 80 Cents For Every Dollar Earned By Men

The driver behind all of this is a focus on the gender pay gap and leveling the playing field on compensation for men and women. Did you know…

  • Females make only 80 cents for every dollar earned by men?
  • Woman graduates make 82% as much as their male counterparts?
  • Women on US Corporate Board of Directors is only 12%?
  • Women owned companies average 60% lower revenues than male owned companies?

(Source: PewResearch)

The unfortunate part is the pay gap follows women even into retirement. If a woman is paid less than her male counterpart during her working years, she’ll receive less income from Social Security, pensions, and other sources when she retires than the retired men, according to an article by Fischer & Hayes.

We’ve Come A Long Way, Baby?

The gender pay gap is real. As a society, we’ve been working on this issue since 1896. In 1963, the Federal Pay Equity Act went into effect. But still, the problem is the gap isn’t closing very quickly at all for being an issue for over 100 years. Some of the reasons causing this gap include the types of majors in college and jobs we’ve pushed women to take over the years. Plus, there is still a bias–whether overt or unconscious–about women in the workplace.

A recent Harvard Global Online Research study including over 200,000 participants showed that 76% of people (both men and women) are gender biased and tend to think of men as better suited for careers and women as better suited as homemakers. This bias spills over into the workplace every day. According to the Women in the Workplace Study by Leanin.org and McKinsey & Co., for every 100 women promoted to a manager level position, 130 men were promoted. Even at the C-level, women only account for 18% of the C-level employees.

All Too Familiar Biases

This same study found that women asked for feedback as often as men, but were less likely to receive it. Plus, women do not have the same level of access to senior leaders. You’ve probably seen it or maybe even done it yourself, but when a woman tries to negotiate they are considered bossy or aggressive.

Recently, I was approached by a woman to coach her through asking her employer for a salary increase because she knew she was paid substantially less than her peers who happened to be male. We walked through the facts including her credentials and performance reviews.  When she approached her manager with the information asking for the one time increase, she was denied and told salaries are based on the income you were receiving when you were hired. And, she was also told inquires like this could result in her termination. Yes, she is now actively looking for a new position with a company that respects the skills and performance she brings to the table.

More Work Needed To Level Gender Pay Gap

If we can find a way to even the playing field and eliminate the gender pay gap, our businesses will become more collaborative, more inclusive, and more competitive. As businesses, we need to evaluate our compensation philosophies as well as take a deep look at our internal employees to ensure we haven’t fallen into the pay inequity. We also need to look at our employment practices to minimize the impact of any hidden or overt biases that would be holding women back and/or paying them less for their skills than deserved. Look for ways in your organization to help grow and develop your women into leadership roles such as through mentoring programs and even training your employees to understand how biases can affect employees and the company’s success.

As individuals, especially in HR and management roles, we can make a difference, too. We need to be reflective to realize any of our own conscious or unconscious biases that may be impacting decisions we are making with regard to hiring, promotion, and compensation. And, we may have to step outside our comfort zone to speak up when we see inequality taking place.

Editorial Note: The content of this blog originally appeared in the August, 2018 edition of ABR Employment Services enewsletter, HR Insights. It has been edited for SEO and was originally written by Robin Throckmorton of Strategic Human Resources Inc.

CL&D Graphics, Sjoberg Tool Hiring Event

August 13th, 2018

CL&D Graphics, Sjoberg Tool Manufacturing Jobs

August 23, 2018 Hiring Event – 9 am to 12 noon – Oconomowoc Library

ABR Greater Milwaukee is hiring for CL&D Graphics & Sjoberg Tool on August 23, 2018 from 9 am to 12 noon at the Oconomowoc Library.

Opportunities include entry level manufacturing jobs starting at $13/hr to skilled manufacturing jobs that pay between $15-$17/hr. Jobs available on all shifts.

Job Description – CL&D

Machine Operator – 1st shift – $14/hour

Job Descriptions – Sjoberg Tool

General Production – unspecified shift – $13/hour

Robotic Welder Operator – 1st & 2nd Shift – $15/hour

Press Brake Operator – unspecified shift – $17/hour

Can’t Attend the Job Fair? Easily Apply Now







Helping Our Sun Prairie Neighbors In Need

August 9th, 2018

ABR Sun Prairie Food Pantry Donation

Fifty-one families in Sun Prairie, WI were displaced on July 10th after a natural gas leak explosion destroyed their homes. Tragically, a Sun Prairie firefighter died and nearly a dozen people were injured. Several businesses were also destroyed.

The explosion happened just 3.5 miles away from the ABR Employment Services Corporate office. Several ABR employees live in Sun Prairie.

Moments of sorrow (and happiness) have the power to bring people closer together by making them a priority and supporting one another. We wanted to do something to help support our neighbors.

The following week, a food drive was launched at the Corporate office to benefit the Sun Prairie Emergency Food Pantry to help feed people displaced from their homes.

When Jamie Hetzel, our HR Administrative Assistant dropped off the donations, a food pantry volunteer exclaimed, “My goodness, is there a bottom to those bins?”!

As the Greek philosopher, Aristotle said over 2300 years ago, “What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good.”

At ABR, serving others through our daily interactions with clients and the people we connect to jobs are at the heart of what we do. Community involvement is also a core company value to help enrich the communities where we live and work. We look forward to continuing this way of doing business for years to come.

Madison, WI Manufacturing & Professional Office Jobs

August 6th, 2018

Good Paying Jobs In Madison, WI.

Do you feel ‘stuck’ in your current job? Are you looking to earn more money? There’s never been a better time to change jobs!

Because unemployment is at an all-time low, that means there’s more job openings than people to fill them. That’s a huge plus for people wanting to try something new. Or, to possibly earn more money at a different employer doing the same thing.

Hiring for manufacturing and office jobs paying between $13 – $30 per hour

Here’s just a few of our current openings (we’re currently working with dozens of employers to fill many different positions). Complete the form to easily apply.

Maintenance Mechanic/Technician  Sun Prairie , Wisconsin 

Production Supervisor – Beaver Dam , Wisconsin

Maintenance Technician – Middleton , Wisconsin

Inside Sales Associate – Madison , Wisconsin

General Labor – Middleton , Wisconsin

Assembler/Operator – Middleton , Wisconsin

Sales Support Specialist – Madison , Wisconsin

Machine Operator III – Middleton , Wisconsin

Consumer Sales Advisor – Madison , Wisconsin

Let the team at ABR Madison – Robin, Nathan and Jennifer –  help you find a new job — free of charge — to get noticed and hired by local employers in manufacturing and professional office jobs.

August 2018 Free Job Seeker Webinars on ABR JobConnect

August 6th, 2018

August 2018 Webinars ABR JobConnect

The REAL Reasons You Don’t Hear Back

Date: Tuesday, August 7th
Time: 11:00 am EST (8:00 am PST, 9:00 am MST, 10:00 am CST)

 It can be frustrating to feel your resume or CV ends up in some deep dark hole with no response. It’s estimated that over 75% of job seekers who apply to job boards, website postings ad other resources NEVER hear back from the employer. It’s even more frustrating not to receive feedback after you’ve had a telephone or face-to-face interview. During this session, we will review the following:

  • How to make your resume/CV stand out
  • How to receive a return call when you leave a voicemail
  • How to receive a response to your email
  • What it takes to get feedback after an interview
  • Six ways to manage poor experiences during your job search





Ignite Your Job Search with Confidence – Re-THINK You!

Date: Wednesday, August 15th
Time: 1:00 pm EST (10:00 am PST, 11:00 am MST, 12:00 pm CST)

Description: It is time to re-invent your self-image, expand your self-concept, and ignite self-confidence. No matter what you are doing in life, it’s important to know how to effectively manage yourself on all levels; physically, mentally, and emotionally. If you feel like job searching is a defeating or discouraging experience, make it a priority to join us. In this webinar, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Shift your perspective to cultivate self-confidence
  • Discover how easy you can change your self-image
  • Learn strategies to help you powerfully manage emotions
  • Build and strengthen your attitude – Be a Yes to You!
  • How to access the courage, clarity and power already in you

Instead of defeat, you will see that you are already a WINNER! Come experience the shift for yourself.





A Day In The Life of a Job Seeker

Date: Thursday, August 23rd
Time: 11:00 am EST (8:00 am PST, 9:00 am MST, 10:00 am CST)

 During this webinar we will review what you should accomplish each and every day of our job search, if you want to enjoy improved results. During this session, we will address the following:

  • Daily activities and priorities
  • Networking
  • Follow-Ups
  • Tracking and reviews





It Is Time for a New Job Target

Date: Tuesday, August 28th
Time: 3:00 pm EST (12:00 pm PST, 1:00 pm MST, 2:00 pm CST)

Description: If you’ve been in your job search more than six months with little or no results, it may be time to consider a new job target to put momentum back in your job search. During this session, we will discuss the following:

  • How to determine if it’s you or your target
  • Steps to identify a new target
  • How to market yourself
  • Pros and cons of multiple job targets