Terri Gerstein Calls for Pay Transparency and Disclosure Requirements

Terri Gerstein (’95), Director of the State and Local Enforcement Project at the Harvard Law School Labor and Worklife Program, contributed an opinion to NBC News supporting New York City’s recently enacted pay transparency law and calling for further disclosures relating to non-compete agreements, forced arbitration requirements and exempt classifications precluding overtime pay (“Adding Salary Ranges to Job Listings Stops People from Wasting Their Time,” May 16). “More states and cities should pass pay transparency laws requiring salary ranges in job postings, prohibiting setting pay based on prior salary history and protecting salary discussions among employees. . . . Hiding the ball is … inefficient; it wastes everyone’s time if the salary is a nonstarter. How does coyness about pay benefit anyone, including the economy as a whole?” Terri also contributed an article to The American Prospect calling for greater enforcement of disclosure requirements regarding employer practices aimed at keeping workers from unionizing (“What Amazon and Starbucks Don’t Let Us Know,” Apr. 13). “[T]he public needs to be better informed about the union avoidance industry. Workers at Amazon, Starbucks, and everywhere else should be skeptical of one-sided information from high-priced hired guns, and instead focus on their own collective shared interests. . . . It’s long been clear that employers have a thumb on the scale when union elections happen. Greater disclosure and more attention will likely reveal that what’s on the scale isn’t typically a thumb. Often, it’s more like a hammer.”