by Hilary L. Moreira, Esq., Bond, Schoeneck & King, Garden City
Employers have long believed that they could restrict access to information about wages and benefits so employees couldn’t discuss pay rates, raises and so on. The idea was that how much any individual is paid is between him and the employer.
Many employee handbooks even contain specific rules against sharing wage and benefits information, even among co-workers.
If that’s the case at your workplace, check with your attorney. The prohibition may run afoul of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), which covers the right to unionize.
Concerted activity protected
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) administers the NLRA and has been coming down hard on employer rules restricting what employees can and cannot say about working conditions, including salaries. What’s more, their rulings don’t just apply to unionized employers, but to nonunion workplaces, too.
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