New York City May Require Minimum and Maximum Salaries on Job Listings

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On December 15, 2021, the New York City Council approved Int. 1208-B to make it an unlawful discriminatory practice under the New York City Human Rights Law to not include in job listings the minimum and maximum salary offered for positions located in City. The bill was sent to New York City Mayor Eric Adams for his approval.

The range for the listed maximum and minimum salary would extend from the lowest salary to the highest salary that the employer would pay for the advertised job, promotion, or transfer. Temporary staffing firms would be exempt as they already provide wage information to comply with the New York State Wage Theft Prevention Act.

“Lack of salary transparency is discriminatory and anti-worker. Every New Yorker should have the right to determine whether they will be able to support themselves and their family when they apply for a job. It is time to level the playing field,” Council Member Helen Rosenthal, who sponsored the bill, stated in a press release.

“Increasing pay transparency allows job applicants to better calculate salary expectations. Studies show that women often ask for a lower salary when they negotiate than men, regardless of qualifications or the nature of the role. Pay transparency also works to shrink the racial pay gap,” according to the press release.

“This law will take a positive step towards closing the racial and gender pay gap by disclosing salary ranges and leveling the playing field by facilitating fairer negotiations,” the press release concluded. If not vetoed by Mayor Adams by January 14, 2022, Int. 1208-B would go into effect 120 days after it became law: mid-April 2022.

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