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Last week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed a new law in effect requiring California companies with 15 or more employees to post job salary ranges, starting Jan. 1 of next year. It was hardly a surprise: I wrote back in May about the bill after it was passed by the state senate, and the wide-ranging—even game-changing—implications it could have.
Yes, it’s an effort to close the gender pay gap, as Forbes senior contributor Alonzo Martinez writes. But as the sixth jurisdiction to pass similar legislation—and by far the largest—it could also be a tipping point that will prompt employers, even in places where it’s not required, to share the numbers. Microsoft said back in June that it would do just that, and surveys have found that 62% of employers say they are either planning to or considering adding pay ranges to job postings beyond where it’s mandated.
That has massive implications for job seekers, as many have noted this week. Once the practice becomes more widespread, you’ll waste less time interviewing for jobs where the pay is below what you’d accept. You’ll stress less about when to bring up pay in the interview process—even if negotiation will still need to happen. And even if you’re not looking to find a new job, you’ll be able to look at open jobs at your company–again, once the practice becomes more widespread—and find out if you’re underpaid.
That, of course, is one of the biggest reasons many employers have resisted the practice, and what could cause others to jump through the hoops of having different rules in different states or cities, even if it would just be easier to adopt the practice nationwide. Others may keep an upper lid on raises: One Harvard Business School researcher, the Los Angeles Times reported, found that pay transparency rules (not associated with job postings) tended to close the gender pay gap but were tied to pay declines for non-unionized workers. Employers were more likely to say no to requests for raises if they knew the pay would eventually become public, the researcher explained, as they can argue they’ll have to do the same for other workers.
Whatever happens, the next few months will be interesting to watch when it comes to job postings. The law in New York City goes into effect Nov. 1—less than a month away. Whether you’re searching for jobs or not, keep an eye out—and thanks as always to assistant editor Emmy Lucas for her help compiling this week’s newsletter.
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