New Pay Transparency Requirements Coming to D.C.
The D.C. Wage Transparency Omnibus Amendment Act of 2023 will impose requirements for salary range and healthcare benefit disclosures, as well as prohibitions on the request for or use of wage history, on employers with at least one employee in the District of Columbia, starting at the end of June 2024.
Once it takes effect, the Act will require employers to post the minimum and maximum projected salary or hourly pay in all advertised job listings and position descriptions. The minimum to maximum range consists of the lowest to highest salary or hourly pay that the employer believes in good faith it would pay for the position in question. Employers must also disclose available healthcare benefits to candidates before the first interview. The Act further prohibits employers from screening applicants based on their wage history or even asking about their wage history during the application and selection process. Nor may employers ask an applicant’s previous employer for their wage history. Employers must also post a notice of rights under the Act.
The Mayor signed the Act on January 12, 2024 and, following a period of Congressional Review and publication in the D.C. Register, the new requirements will take effect on June 30, 2024.