Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and Ward D Councilman Yousef Saleh are set to spearhead an education and enforcement campaign for the city’s pay transparency law.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
The Campaign Awareness for Pay Transparency will officially launch on Monday, April 3rd to promote compliance of the measure that was signed into local law about a year ago. The ordinance approved by the council was sponsored by Saleh.
The campaign will seek to attract and retain the best talent, foster a better work environment through unity and trust within an organization or company, and ensure all residents and employees are paid fairly and equally regardless of gender, race, or any other unjust factors.
“We already set the highest workplace standards and employee protections, and implementing pay transparency further secures adequate and equal pay for hardworking residents and employees throughout Jersey City,” Fulop said in a statement.
“This pay transparency policy looks to encourage more of our diverse community to seek employment opportunities, attracting a more qualified pool of candidates to Jersey City while also boosting our local economy.”
The ordinance, now part of enforceable municipal code, requires all job postings to include the minimum and maximum base salary or hourly wage of the job as well as any job benefits offered.
“In my experience with female coworkers in corporate America and seeing the challenges my seven sisters face in their job searches, I brought this pay transparency plan forward after witnessing firsthand the pay and workplace inequities disproportionately affecting women and minorities,” explained Saleh.
“All people who search for a job should have direct knowledge of what the job entails and what it pays. This levels the playing field for everyone, and we can attract the best talent. It’s good for employers too, because it gives them market insights into salary ranges for jobs and skills.”
The Heights councilman added thanks to Council President Joyce Watterman, since the local Women’s Advisory Board that she founded has committed to providing outreach to minority groups, schools, and universities to help provide guidance as the measure is enforced.
“As we indicated in the ordinance, women earn 84% of what men make for the same work or position. To make matters worse, minorities and minority women are paid even less for the same work or position,” noted Watterman.
“The time for change is now, and Jersey City is leading the charge to combat workplace inequities within our community that should have never existed.”
Penalties for non-compliance with the pay transparency law include fines of up to $2,000.
Anyone who wished to report any employer in violation of the law can be made to the following offices directly: Women’s Advisory Board, Office of Code Compliance, See Click Fix, and the Resident Response Center.