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AFS Government Affairs Representative—Waterman & Assoc, Washington, D.C, WASHINGTON ALERT Obama Signs Fair-Pay Act President Obama's first bill signed into law signals his commitment to the labor agenda. On the Hill A t the end of January, Presi- dent Obama signed into law the Lilly Ledhetter Fair Pay Act. a measure which expands the limitations period for bringing equal pay claims against employers. The act was formed in response to a May 2007 Supreme Court ailing that made it tougher for employees to file pay discrimina- tion claims. The new law—Obama's first—effectively overturns the court's ruling. The Ledbetter Act is expected to have a significant impact on the business community, including the metalcasting industry. The bill eliminates the 180-day stat- ute of limitations for employee wage complaints regarding pay discrimina- tion on the basis of sex, race, religion. national origin, age or disability. The law provides for retroactive coverage, making it applicable to all pay claims President Obama's first law signing was the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.
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