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Law signed by Governor Hochul in 2022 requiring help wanted ads in New York to disclose salary now in effect

Published on September 18, 2023

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ALBANY, NY- All help wanted ads in New York will now have to clearly showcase pay rates, now that a new law signed by the Governor’s office took effect over the weekend.

The measure was signed last-year by Kathy Hochul and just took effect on Sunday.

The Statewide Salary Transparency Law legally requires employers with more than four or more paid workers to include compensation ranges in all advertisements for job, promotion, and transfer opportunities.

“With the implementation of our pay transparency law, New York is once again at the cutting edge of promoting fairness and equity in the workplace,” Governor Hochul said.

“Wage disparities have deepened inequality in our state for far too long and put countless workers – particularly women and people of color – at a disadvantage. I was proud to sign this legislation to help level the playing field across our state, and I will continue to work with the Legislature on solutions to support, protect, and empower workers until we finally close the wage gap in New York.”

New York State Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon said: "Transparency in compensation is not merely about numbers—it's about fairness, empowerment, and the recognition of every individual's worth. This law is a monumental step in ensuring that every New Yorker has the information they need to make informed career decisions, fostering an environment where equity isn't just an ideal but a daily practice."

Pay ranges must consist of the minimum and maximum annual salary or hourly compensation believed in good faith to be accurate at the time of posting. Employers must also clearly state if a position is commission-based.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul.

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