WA employers will soon have to list salaries in job postings
Job postings in Washington starting in January will be required to show dollar signs.
Governor Jay Inslee has signed into law requiring state employers to include salary and benefits information in job postings, rather than waiting for an offer to be made, the Seattle Times reported. .
Senate Bill 5761 applies to employers with 15 or more workers. Proponents say it will level the playing field for candidates, especially women, people of color and others who may not have had experience negotiating higher pay and don’t don’t know what a company might offer.
“Unless you know what the high and low end of a pay band is, it’s very hard to really get what you’re worth,” said Cher Scarlett, a software engineer from Kirkland who advocated for more transparency on wages and gender or race. wage gaps in the tech industry.
The law applies to any solicitation the employer uses to attract new workers, whether through a third-party recruiter, a print job advertisement, or posting on a job board. digital. Any posting that includes expected candidate qualifications should also include salary information.
The bill narrowly passed both houses of the Legislative Assembly and was signed by Inslee in late March.