The new CA law aims to narrow the pay gap and requires employers to publish the pay scale in job postings

Beginning January 1, 2023, many job postings in California should include more information about what they may be paying.

“SB 1162 increases pay transparency in a number of important and tangible ways for both job applicants and existing employees,” said Jessica Stender, policy director and deputy legal director at Equality Advocates (EPOCH.)

The Pay Transparency for Pay Justice Act requires companies with 15 or more employees to include a salary schedule with all job postings and that employers provide a salary schedule for a current employee’s position upon request.

“We believe this is fundamental to closing the pay gap,” said California State Senator Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara), who introduced the bill. “The pay gap between women and men, but also the pay gap that we see for some of our underrepresented communities.”

A recently report from the National Women’s Law Center points out that research shows that wage bargaining is notoriously unfavorable to women and that transparency of salary ranges helps to close the wage gap.

“Wage transparency is just one of many steps to end the gender pay gap. It requires, in practice, a change in culture around values,” said Holly Martinez, executive director of the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.

The organization recently published a CA Blueprint for Pandemic Recovery for Women. Among other things, it found that “a significant number of pre-pandemic California households were living on incomes at or below the poverty line, putting stress on their households.”

Along with ERA, it was one of the co-sponsors of SB 1162.

“Not only do we underpay female-dominated positions, we also pay women less for the positions they hold in these sectors. Male nurses versus female nurses, that’s a really clear example. There’s a lot of data on that,” he told Martinez.

Current law requires companies with 100 or more employees to submit a payroll data report including race, ethnicity, gender and job category to the California Department of Civil Rights. This helps uncover occupational segregation: when women and people of color are often concentrated in lower-paying jobs, Stender said.

The new law now also provides for this for companies with 100 or more contract employees.

“It’s really a way that companies — particularly large corporations — try to circumvent our equal pay laws by outsourcing their work and essentially legally paying workers, who are often women and people of color, less for it.” the same job as their direct employees,” she said.

Senator Limón, a commissioner on the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, said the law would benefit the state.

“When men and women are paid fairly, when they are paid fully and fully for the work they do, that helps the economy,” she said.

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Laura Coffey

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