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New York City’s Vigilance on Pay Transparency

New York City

It has been over a year since New York City passed their pay transparency law, and the New York City Commission on Human Rights is cracking down on compliance. The Commission is diligently working to uphold legal standards and remains unwavering in its commitment, undeterred by instances of partial compliance. With complaints initiated by the Commission itself, even a single noncompliant job posting will prompt thorough investigation and pursuit.

The pay transparency law requires employment agencies and employers to include a sincere salary range for any job, promotion, or transfer opportunity posted for a position intended to be performed in New York City.

Most complaints initiated by the Commission stemmed from employers’ omission of any salary range in their job postings.  Although initial offenders can evade civil penalties by presenting evidence of correction to the Commission within 30 days of being notified about an alleged violation, such action constitutes an acknowledgment of liability. Consequently, any subsequent violation may incur a civil penalty of up to $250,000.

These complaints indicate the Commission’s dedication to thoroughly review salary ranges in postings to ensure they are provided genuinely and in good faith.

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