The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) announced new regulations regarding “Employer Imposed Limitations on the Inquiry, Discussion, and Disclosure of Wages”, which went into effect on February 1, 2017. The new rules permit employers to establish policies that set reasonable workplace limitations on employee discussions of pay information or the pay information of others. Under New York State law, employers cannot forbid employees from discussing their wage information, but under the new law employers can create boundaries. The company policies will need to be provided to all employees by electronic posting or paper copy. Employers are encouraged to review the details of the new regulations in order to understand their options and ensure they are in compliance.
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