Monday, August 27, 2012

Silence on Salary

SalaryAmerican Public Media's Marketplace has had a great series in the last week or so on salaries and people's attitudes about them. Today's interesting story provides data on its own recent survey of people's attitudes toward sharing information about their salaries. Lots of people don't want to share that information even to family, friends, and coworkers, much less outsiders. Other stories include one on how big employers set salaries and how the compensation market works.

This reluctance may be one reason why so many employers forbid employees from talking about their pay and why that doesn't get challenged even though it probably violates the National Labor Relations Act. Personally, I'm in favor of transparency and was very happy when my dean participated in SALT's annual salary survey this year. I wish there was more and wish there was more transparency for more jobs at my own school.


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Agreed! More transparency helps to prevent disparate pay practices and would certainly help close the gap between male versus female pay as well as Caucasian male versus everyone else pay differential.

Posted by: Kendall Isaac | Aug 29, 2012 9:26:01 AM

Marcia, you should check out a recent NLRB decision I just read (and blogged about at that states employers cannot have blanket confidentiality policies as it relates to salaries and employee discipline without potentially running afoul of Sect 7 & 8 rights to engage in concerted activity. The decision is at

Posted by: Kendall Isaac | Sep 2, 2012 4:07:15 AM

I agree. There should always be a transparency.

Posted by: Steph Hallway | Oct 11, 2012 5:13:35 AM

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