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Maryland to Expand Pay Transparency Law  

Maryland House Bill 649 (HB 649) will strengthen the state’s pay transparency law by requiring employers to disclose the wage range in external and internal job postings and a general description of benefits and any other compensation offered. Currently, state law only requires that wage information be disclosed upon request. 

The bill also requires that employers set a minimum and maximum wage range in good faith and prohibits employers from retaliating against those who exercise their rights under the law. 

The law would apply to any position that will be physically performed at least partly in Maryland. 

The bill passed the Maryland legislature and is headed to the Governor’s desk. If approved, the bill would take effect on October 1, 2024

Next Steps 

The Commissioner of Labor and Industry must develop a form that employers can use to comply with wage disclosure requirements. Employers would be able to comply with the law by including the completed form in each public or internal job posting and otherwise making it available to applicants as required. 

Before the effective date, employers should examine their compensation practices to ensure that wage ranges for open positions are in line with industry and market data for competitiveness and retention of employees. Employers will also need to review and update their job postings in addition to updating their employment applications, recruitment, and screening practices to ensure that no inquiries are made about prior salary history.  

It is recommended that employers train hiring managers and recruiters to ensure they do not inquire about prior salary history and that they properly respond to any questions or documentation related to wage information.  

Multistate employers should be mindful of any additional obligations they may have under various state-specific wage disclosure and salary history laws. 

HR Works will continue to monitor this topic and provide updates as additional information is made available. 

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