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How comfortable are you talking about salaries with coworkers?

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The Senate is expected to vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act, which aims to eliminate the wage gap between men and women.

Similar versions of the bill passed by the Senate had been killed before by House Republicans. One provision of the law would ban companies from retaliating against workers who talk about their pay. Federal labor law already makes company retaliation illegal, but experts say a lot of companies still prohibit employees from doing so.

Some human resources professionals worry that too much pay transparency would lead to resentment and low morale among workers, but advocates say disclosure is the only way to ensure pay equity.

Have you ever talked about how much you make with your coworkers?

Guest:

Stephanie Thomas, Research Associate with the Institute for Compensation Studies and a lecturer with the Department of Economics at Cornell University.

 

 

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