PrintBoss helps a lot of people process their payroll checks. Consequently, we spend a lot of time working with companies to set up their payroll processes in an efficient manner that saves the company money and gets their employees paid however they want. We enjoy this part of the job because people enjoy getting paid. People work hard for a business and their paycheck is the company’s way of showing its appreciation. By paying market value for services rendered, employees and employers create an honest and mutually beneficial working environment.
It’s for this reason that Equal Pay Day, celebrated on a Tuesday every April since 1996, is such an important day. Equal pay for equal services is fundamental in driving a sustainable workforce. Unfortunately, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women today earn 78 cents to a man’s dollar. This figure is even more dramatic for women of minorities, with black women earning 64 cents and Latinas 56 cents to the dollar.
This past Tuesday, April 14th, marked Equal Pay Day for 2015. The event is held on a Tuesday to symbolize how far into the work week women must work to earn what men did the previous week. Since 1963 when the Equal Pay Act was signed, the pay gap between men and women has closed at a slow rate. In 1963, on average women earned 59 cents on the dollar. While we are moving in the right direction, we can move faster. Many call for transparent pay scales across companies and industries. Others call for more women in executive positions. In the end, we need to use all solutions.
Here at Wellspring Software we proudly support Equal Pay Day and we hope that by making payroll processing easier, we can encourage businesses who use PrintBoss (and those who don’t) to practice equal pay.
So from us to all employers, employees, and women in the workforce, happy Equal Pay Day!