Representative Norton (D-DC) Proposes National Pay Transparency Bill

19 Apr


Update Applicable to:
All employers.

What happened?
On March 14, 2023, United States Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) introduced the “Salary Transparency Act,” or H.R. 1599, which would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to require covered employers to disclose the “wage range” for open positions in job postings made publicly and internally.

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What are the details?

Fail or Refuse to Disclose
The bill would make it unlawful for employers to “fail or refuse to disclose” the “wage or wage range” for employment opportunities in public or internal postings. In situations where a posting has not been made available to an applicant, employers would be required to disclose the wage range for the job “prior to discussing compensation with the applicant and at any time upon the applicant’s request.”

Employees would have the right to know the wage or wage range for their positions “upon hire” and at least once a year thereafter. It would further be a violation for an employer to “refuse to interview, hire, promote, or employ” an employee or applicant or otherwise retaliate against such an individual for seeking disclosure of pay ranges.

Wage Range
The bill would define “wage range” to mean the “range of wages, or salaries and other forms of compensation” that an employer “anticipates in good faith relaying on in setting the pay” for the job. In setting the range, employers could reference applicable pay scales, a previously determined pay range, the pay range of those currently in equivalent positions, or the “budgeted amount for the position.”


Violations could result in civil penalties of $5,000 for a first violation, increased by $1,000 for each subsequent violation up to $10,000. Employers violating the act may also “be liable to each employee or applicant for employment who was the subject of the violation” for statutory damages of between $1,000 and $10,000 or actual damages, in addition to attorneys’ fees and potential injunctive relief. The bill would further provide a right of action for employees or applicants allegedly aggrieved by violations. It would allow them to pursue claims for themselves and others similarly situated.

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For more information, please see the links below:

Salary Transparency Act


What do employers need to do?
Employers should review the links provided above and should be on the lookout for any more information regarding this update. Vensure will continue to provide more updates once more news has been received.

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