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Ensuring Equal Pay for Equal Work

In their latest update, Microsoft has gotten pretty damn close to equal pay for equal work. There’s still some work to be done for Latin & Hispanic populations and women in general, but this is progress. And I appreciate the honesty.

Here are the stats for U.S. employees, assuming the same job title and level:

  • Women earn 99.8¢ for every $1 earned by a man;
  • Racial/ethnic minorities earn $1.004 for every $1 earned by a Caucasian employee;
  • African American/black employees earn $1.003 for every $1 earned by Caucasian employees;
  • Hispanic/Latin employees earn 99.9¢ for every $1 earned by Caucasian employees; and
  • Asian employees earn $1.006 for every $1 earned by Caucasian employees.

On the Leading Edge

This is a really nice round-up of the Edge Web Summit from Kit Kelly. And no, I didn’t pay him for the nice things he said about my talk :-)

Atomic Classification

We’ve run into similar issues with Pattern Lab’s enforced groupings on a large client project. Some just didn’t make sense, causing a little confusion for our team, but way more confusion for the client’s team. It added way more cognitive overhead than was really necessary for the project. The tool made testing components easy, but we eventually ended up leaving some buckets empty.