Mar 5, 2019

Judge rules employers must disclose pay by gender, race

President Donald Trump. Photo: Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images

A federal judge ruled on Monday that the Trump administration must reinstate an Obama-era requirement for companies to report how much they pay their employees, along with their gender and race — a move supporters say would address pay disparities among workers of different groups.

Details: The rule went into effect in September 2016, mandating private employers with 100 or more employees and federal contractors with 50 or more workers disclose their pay data. U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan said the Trump administration failed to justify that its move to block the regulation in August 2017 would ease the burden on employers. Chutkan's ruling reportedly affects over 60,000 companies that employee 63 million people.

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Kenan Thompson and Hasan Minhaj to headline White House Correspondents' Dinner

Kenan Thompson on "SNL" in 2018. Photo: Rosalind O'Connor/NBC via Getty Images

Kenan Thompson, the longest-tenured "Saturday Night Live" cast member, will host the White House Correspondents' Association dinner on April 25.

And Hasan Minhaj — host of Netflix’s "Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj," and the entertainer at the 2017 dinner — will return as featured entertainer.

"Billions": Season 2020

Mike Bloomberg speaks at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in Richmond, Va., on Saturday. Photo: James H. Wallace/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP

Money alone can’t buy a presidential election, but it surely gets you VIP access.

Why it matters: Billionaire Michael Bloomberg is duking it out with Billionaire Donald Trump, often on Billionaire Jack Dorsey’s Twitter and in ads on Billionaire Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook, all chronicled in Billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Washington Post. 

Biometrics invade banking and retail

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Banks have been quietly rolling out biometrics to identify customers — verifying them by their fingerprint, voice or eye scan — and retailers like Amazon are getting into the game.

Why it matters: These companies are amassing giant databases of our most personal information — including our gait, how we hold our cellphones, our typing patterns — that raise knotty questions about data security and privacy.