Just a few weeks ago, a bill that prohibits CT employers from enacting “pay secrecy” rules for their employees, was signed into law. On July 2nd, Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed Public Act No. 15-196, An Act Concerning Pay Equity and Fairness.
The new law is intended to end pay secrecy and bars employers, including the state and municipalities, from taking steps to limit their employee’s ability to share information about their wages.
Below is the recap of the law from the CT General Assembly. It specifically bans employers from:
- Prohibiting an employee from disclosing, inquiring about, or discussing the amount of his or her wages or the wages of another employee.
- Requiring an employee to sign a waiver or other document that purports to deny the employee his or her right to disclose, inquire about or discuss the amount of his or her wages or the wages of another employee.
- Discharging, disciplining, discriminating against, retaliating against or otherwise penalizing any employee who discloses, inquires about or discusses the amount of his or her wages or the wages of another employee.
The law went into effect immediately, so if you’re a CT employer, now is the time to take a look at your existing policies and make needed changes to ensure you’re in compliance with the new state rules.
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