New York State Department of Labor Adopts New Regulations on Discussion of Wages Between Employees

March 20, 2017

The New York State Department of Labor (“Labor Department”) recently adopted new regulations governing the discussion of wages between employees.  The regulations were published in the New York Register on February 1, 2017 and became effective immediately.

Summary of the Law
The Labor Department expanded New York Labor Law Section 194 on pay equality to provide that employers cannot prohibit employees from inquiring about, discussing, or disclosing their own wages or the wages of a co-worker.  However, as the regulations state, “an employer may, in a written policy provided to an employee either electronically, through publicly availably posting, or by paper copy, place reasonable limitations on the time, place and manner that an employee may inquire about, discuss, or disclose wages.”

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