Ivanka Trump Endorses Halting Obama Rule to Address Equal Pay

Former president’s 2016 proposal would’ve required businesses to collect data on pay gaps, according to race, gender, ethnicity

Last Updated: August 30, 2017 @ 10:56 AM

Ivanka Trump is endorsing a White House plan to end an Obama-era policy that would have addressed the issue of equal pay across gender, racial and ethnic lines.

The proposal by Obama in 2016 would’ve required businesses to collect data on how much they pay their workers based on race, gender and ethnicity. The plan would’ve taken effect in the spring, but the White House says it will be a burden to employers.

“Ultimately, while I believe the intention was good and agree that pay transparency is important, the proposed policy would not yield the intended results,” Ivanka Trump said in a statement Tuesday.

The policy would have applied to businesses with more than 100 employees, requiring them to hand over data to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. And according to Newsweek, proponents of the plan believe it would’ve provided evidence in addressing pay discrimination.

Trump has been an advocate of equal pay for women and was believed to be a more moderate influence in the White House, along with her husband Jared Kushner.

“We look forward to continuing to work with EEOC, [the Office of Management and Budget], Congress and all relevant stakeholders on robust policies aimed at eliminating the gender wage gap,” she said in a statement.

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