Applying for a job next year? Pay rates to be put on blast in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — In two months from Tuesday, Rhode Island’s “equal pay law’ will go into effect.

“Imagine you go for a job that looks perfect, but then you see the salary is low… you don’t want to waste your time,” State Representative Susan Donovan said.

Donovan was one of the leading forces behind the new law to combat wage discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or disability. The bill was signed into law in July by Governor Dan McKee.

Colorado was the first state in the country to enact a law similar to this. Massachusetts, California, Connecticut, Nevada and Maryland later followed suit.

The law will require the employer to disclose the hourly or salaried wage range for all its employees, prohibit employers from asking previous salaries, and require a pay range for applicants.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, women earn about 83 cents to every $1 a man makes.

Kelly Nevins, CFO of Women’s Fund Rhode Island, says research proves pay inequality begins right out of college for men and women.

“This new law also tells employers about how and why they can pay differently for comparable positions,” Nevins said.

On Tuesday, New York City enacted a similar law.

The director of Labor and Training will carry out the provisions.

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