The City Council Has Passed A Bill Requiring Salary Transparency In Job Advertisements


On Wednesday, the City Council passed legislation requiring firms in New York City to post minimum and maximum salaries on all job openings.

Any employer with four or more employees is subject to the bill. Employers of domestic employees are the only exemption to the four-person requirement, as they must provide wage information regardless of staff size.

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It is long past time for New York City to address the source of major disparity in the local recruiting process: companies’ refusal to reveal a position’s wage,” said Manhattan Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal, the bill’s author. “Forcing firms to post compensation ranges for open positions will also make it easier to spot systemic pay inequalities,” says the report.

Employers in New York City are currently permitted to withhold wage statistics until the conclusion of the employment process.

Advocates for the bill claim that this pushes applicants to engage in unequal discussions throughout the employment process because they lack vital pay information.

Salary transparency is both discriminatory and anti-worker, according to Rosenthal. “When applying for a job, every New Yorker should be able to assess whether they will be able to support themselves and their family.” It’s past time to level the playing field and give job seekers in New York some dignity.”

The law passed with a vote of 41 to 7 in favour.

This appears to be something that someone who has never ran a business would embrace, and it is an unnecessary intrusion in a contract negotiation,said Republican minority leader Joe Borelli, who voted against the bill.

The bill has no effect on temporary employment chances since, under the state’s Wage Theft Prevention Act, organisations are already obligated to submit pay information after interviewing applicants.

Job advertising that do not provide a pay range can be reported to the city’s Human Rights Commission.

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