Washington State has recently amended its 2018 Equal Pay and Opportunities Act to include new amendments that improve pay transparency and provide more information to job applicants. Beginning January 1, 2023, Washington State employers with at least 15 employees are required to disclose the “wage scale or salary range” for each job posting to both employees and potential applicants applying for an open position. In fact, employers must provide this information at the “earliest possible point” in the hiring process. Employers must also provide a general description of the benefits and any other compensation offered. This change amends the prior law that required employers provide employees or applicants the “wage scale or salary range” for a position but allowed them to provide only a minimum salary if no “wage scale or salary range” exists. It’s important to note that the requirements for internal positions only require this information to be provided upon request by the candidate.
Prior to January 1, 2023, Employers must ensure their external job postings include the “wage scale or salary range”, so it’s important to develop a wage scale or salary range and benefits for each position and have a plan to ensure your postings include this information especially if you use third parties to assist with your recruiting. Employers should also consider a compensation audit to ensure current wages and posted salary ranges are in line and that pay transparency does not create discontent among the company’s current employees
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