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Comparable worth, as a standard applied to eliminate inequities in pay

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New post 23 Apr 2017, 04:49
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Comparable worth, as a standard applied to eliminate inequities in pay, insists that the values of certain tasks performed in dissimilar jobs can be compared. In the last decade, this approach has become a critical social policy issue, as large numbers of private-sector firms and industries as well as federal, state, and local governmental entities have adopted comparable worth policies or begun to consider doing so.

23.) According to the passage, which of the following is true of comparable worth as a policy?

a. Comparable worth policy decisions in pay-inequity cases have often failed to satisfy the complaints

b. Comparable worth policies have been applied to both public-sector and private-sector employee pay schedules

c. Comparable worth as a policy has come to be widely criticized in the past decade.

d. Many employers have considered comparable worth as a policy but very few have actually adopted id.

e. Early implementations of comparable worth policies resulted in only transitory gains in pay equity.


The bold part clearly says comparable worth is applied in both private and public (federal, state, and local governmental). Rest all are irrelevant


I don't agree, to that comparable worth policies have been applied to both public-sector and private-sector employee pay schedules, as it says in the passage: [...]or begun to consider doing so.
Hence we cannot clearly say wether or not they have been applied to both sectors already imo

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New post 28 Apr 2017, 05:10
Moderate difficulty level. There is a need to read thoroughly and the answers are easy to narrow down on.

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New post 14 Jul 2017, 07:22
I'm confused between B & D in the last question.
B) compares the similar jobs , so i think that's the flaw but D) compares clerks and Engineers(Dissimilar jobs- Correct),but they do not have similar responsibilities, which the passage mentions at the end of last paragraph.

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According to the passage, which of the following is true of comparable worth as a policy?
a. Comparable worth policy decisions in pay-inequity cases have often failed to satisfy the complaints
b. Comparable worth policies have been applied to both public-sector and private-sector employee pay schedules
c. Comparable worth as a policy has come to be widely criticized in the past decade.
d. Many employers have considered comparable worth as a policy but very few have actually adopted id.
e. Early implementations of comparable worth policies resulted in only transitory gains in pay equity.

In the last decade, this approach has become a critical social policy issue, as large numbers of private-sector firms and industries as well as federal, state, and local governmental entities have adopted comparable worth policies or begun to consider doing so.

Explanation: Passage mentions that Comparable worth is adopted in private as well as public (government) sectors. Hence B is the correct answer

Which of the following most accurately states the central purpose of the passage?
(A) To criticize the implementation of a new procedure
(B) To assess the significance of a change in policy
(C) To illustrate how a new standard alters procedures
(D) To explain how a new policy is applied in specific cases
(E) To summarize the changes made to date as a result of social policy

However, the question still remains: have the gains already made in pay equity under comparable worth principles been of a precedent-setting nature or are they mostly transitory
Comparable worth pay adjustments are indeed precedent-setting.
Explanation: Above sentences say that Comparable worth is a change in policy and the passage discusses the significance of Comparable Worth, hence B is the correct answer


According to the passage, comparable worth principles are different in which of the following ways from other mandates intended to reduce or eliminate pay inequities:
A) Comparable worth principles address changes in the pay schedules of male as well as female workers
B) Comparable worth principles can be applied to employees in both the public and the private sector
C) Comparable worth principles emphasize the training and skill of workers
D) Comparable worth principles require changes in the employer's resource allocation
E) Comparable worth principles can be used to quantify the value of elements of dissimilar jobs

[Comparable worth] Neither compares tasks in dissimilar jobs (that is, jobs across occupational categories) in an effort to determine whether or not what is necessary to perform these tasks-know-how, problem-solving, and accountability-can be quantified in terms of its dollar value to the employer.

Explanation: Passage mentions that Comparable worth quantifies the tasks in dissimilar jobs. Hence E is the answer


Which of the following best describes an application of the principles of comparable worth as they are described in the passage?
(A) The current pay, rates of increase, and rates of promotion for female mechanics are compared with those of male mechanics.
(B) The training, skills, and job experience of computer programmers in one division of a corporation are compared to those of programmers making more money in another division.
(C) The number of women holding top executive positions in a corporation is compared to the number of women available for promotion to those positions, and both tallies are matched to the tallies for men in the same corporation.
(D) The skills, training, and job responsibilities of the clerks in the township tax assessor's office are compared to those of the much better-paid township engineers.
(E) The working conditions of female workers in a hazardous-materials environment are reviewed and their pay schedules compared to those of all workers in similar environments across the nation.

Comparable worth, on the other hand, takes as its premise that certain tasks in dissimilar jobs may require a similar amount of training, effort, and skill; may carry similar responsibility; may be carried on in an environment having a similar impact upon the worker; and may have a similar dollar value to the employer.
Explanation: Passage clearly mentions that Comparable worth takes into account training, effort, and responsibility. Hence D is the answer Though B seems similar but there is a huge difference between job experience and job responsibilities.
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New post 25 Sep 2017, 11:48
I don't understand this one.

"We need an option which can compare two dissimilar jobs in types but similar in skill set used. But both the professions have different salaries that is where comparable worth is useful as a policy

Coming to options:

(D) The skills, training, and job responsibilities of the clerks in the township tax assessor's office are compared to those of the much better-paid township engineers.
Clerks are compared in skill set with engineers, but the engineers are paid more.=>PERFECT"

How does being a clerk in the assessor's office require similar skills to being an engineer? Shouldn't we be comparing two roles that require the same set of skills?

Wouldn't this be correct only if it were worded "(D) The skills, training, and job responsibilities of the clerks in the township tax assessor's office are compared to those of the clerks in the office of engineering."

Can someone help?

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1. B
2. B
3. E
4. D

I am getting correct answer but taking too much time.
Is it a good idea to make notes?

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For the final question - Which of the following best describes an application of the principles of comparable worth as they are described in the passage? - I think it makes sense to re-state that comparable worth "insists that the values of certain tasks performed in dissimilar jobs can be compared". We thus need to have an answer that compares two jobs each with certain tasks. The only answer choice that does this is Answer D with a Clerk to an Engineer. Other choices fail because they compare the same job using an unrelated aspect of comparable worth (Answer A is mechanics but men to women, Answer B is programmers but one division to another division).

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New post 06 Nov 2017, 20:37
Can someone tell me the answer for q1 " According to the passage, which of the following is true of comparable worth as a policy?"

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New post 07 Dec 2017, 07:13
I don't unstand Q5. Can anyone explain? Tks a lot

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