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Minn. House considers bill to close gender pay gap

April 9, 2014
Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers are considering a bill that aims to close the pay gap between men and women.

Data from the Women's Foundation of Minnesota show that the median full-time annual earnings of a woman in the state is about $10,000 less than a man's.

The state measure in the House reflects a national conversation on the equal pay for equal work issue. President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed an executive order protecting workers from retaliation when they speak about unequal compensation.

Hibbing Democrat Carly Melin is sponsoring the House proposal. She says she expects the House to pass it.

The bill would also expand unpaid parental leave to 12 weeks from six.



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