“Workers cannot solve a problem unless they are able to identify it. And they cannot identify it if they aren’t free to talk about it without fear of reprisal” -Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Director, Patricia A. Shiu.
A new rule has been proposed by the Department of Labor that would allow employees to openly discuss wages. Contractors would be prohibited from having any sort of pay secrecy policies and may not fire or otherwise reprimand an employee or applicant for “discussing, disclosing or inquiring about their compensation or that of another employee or applicant.”
Patricia further states “Pay transparency isn’t just good for workers. It’s good for business. Fairness and openness are great qualities for a company’s brand.” By allowing workers to be fully informed and empowered to discuss their pay there will be more workplace equality which should lead to better company culture and happier employees.
The rule will be published on September 17th and will be open for public comment for 90 days. Let us know what you think!
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To read the full DOL article click Here