Guide Developed from Recommendations from New York's Gender Wage Gap Study and Designed to Help Women Ensure They Are Fairly Compensated
Builds on Governor's Trailblazing Women's Agenda, Putting New York on Track to Close the Wage Gap
In honor of Women's Equal Pay Day, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the release of a comprehensive Women's Salary Negotiation Guide, which was recommended during the State's groundbreaking study into how to close the gender wage gap. The guide examines negotiation practices during the interview, how long to consider an offer, when to approach the topic of asking for a raise in a current job and provides additional resources for up-to-date salary information.
New York currently has one of the lowest wage gaps in the nation, with women earning the equivalent of 88 cents to a man's dollar. This uniquely positions New York to more quickly close the gender wage gap. Earlier today, Governor Cuomo again called on the Legislature to pass the Salary History Ban Bill to close the gender wage gap and expand the requirement that equal pay be provided for all substantially similar work to close any loopholes employers use to pay women less.
"New York has always led the way in advancing women's rights, and now more than ever as critical rights are threatened at the federal level we need to double down on our commitment to being a beacon of opportunity for everyone," Governor Cuomo said. "With this bold initiative, we are empowering women to advocate for equal pay and taking one step closer to closing the gender pay gap and breaking this unfair cycle once and for all."
"I have heard the voices of countless women who get up every day, put their heart and soul into their jobs, and at the end of the day still earn less than men," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "The fact that the wage gap for women of color is even wider makes this reality even more shameful. Although New York has one of the lowest gender wage gaps in the nation, the gap still exists. That is unacceptable. On Equal Pay Day, we're releasing a guide to help women negotiate their salary and provide the resources they need on salary information. We have made great progress to ensure women's rights and protections in New York State, but we will not rest until women achieve full equality."
"The truth is women make less than our male counterparts, and basing salary on previous employment rather than the merits of what is required at our next job continues a cycle where women are being held back, while men continue to propel ahead," said Melissa DeRosa, Secretary to the Governor and Chair of the Council on Women and Girls. "Economic justice without gender equality isn't justice at all, and these efforts will remove barriers for success and continue our push for real pay equity in New York."
The FY 2020 Enacted Budget includes several investments and initiatives to extend the Governor's trailblazing Women's Agenda, including mandating coverage for in-vitro fertilization and egg-freezing, establishing rape shield protections for victims of sex trafficking, reforming domestic violence shelter requirements and investing $26 million in child care to maintain the market rate for districts outside of New York City.
As part of the Governor's Women's Agenda, New York State has been leading the way for the rest of the nation in closing the gender wage gap, conducting hearings, gathering personal stories and completing extensive research that culminated with the publishing of "Closing the Gender Wage Gap in New York State" in April 2018. The report focused on real solutions and set a path forward for addressing the issue in New York. On last year's Women's Equal Pay Day, Governor Cuomo advanced legislation to prohibit all employers, public and private, who do business in New York State, from asking prospective employees about their salary history and compensation.
New York State Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon said, "Salary negotiation is an essential part of any job interview process, and we've learned how that's especially true for women. Either directly or indirectly, the gender pay gap affects everyone and eliminating the wage gap is a family issue. When women are underpaid, their children suffer. We're actively working to fix that."
New York State has a long and proud tradition of leading on women's rights issues - from the movement's inception in Seneca Falls in 1848, to 1917 when New York women won the right to vote a full three years before the 19th Amendment was ratified.