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What a Difference a Year Makes

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Melissa KnowlesMelissa Knowles

Last January, I put together a list of the top ten mistakes gym owners make to kick off the new year. While the vast majority of the items on this list still ring very true (you should review all ten by going to bit.ly/clubinsider46), we find ourselves heading into 2018 with several very new areas of focus to add to this list. Here is what's trending for 2018:

Pay Equity

In 2017, more and more states adopted a ban on previous salary questions on applications and during job interviews. This trend is likely to continue this year. The intent is to eliminate the influence of gender and race on the wage-setting practices of businesses. According to the Institute for Women's Policy Research:

"Women are almost half of the workforce. They are the sole or co-breadwinners in half of American families with children. They receive more college and graduate degrees than men. Yet, on average, women continue to earn considerably less than men. In 2015, female full-time, year-round workers made only 80 cents for every dollar earned by men, a gender wage gap of 20%. Women, on average, earn less than men in nearly every single occupation for which there is sufficient earnings data for both men and women to calculate an earnings ratio. In middle-skill occupations, workers in jobs mainly done by women earn only 66% of workers in jobs mainly done by men. IWPR's report on sex and race discrimination in the workplace shows that outright discrimination in pay, hiring or promotions continues to be a significant feature of working life."

This disparity in pay is still very prevalent for minorities as well. It will take the next 44 years for women to reach pay equality, but Hispanic women will have to wait another 215 years and black women another 106 years based on IWPR's research.

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