Hawaii Passes New Pay Transparency Bill

Hawaii recently passed a new pay transparency bill, which will require employers to disclose in job listings an hourly rate or salary range that reasonably reflects the actual expected compensation for the job. The bill also expands Hawaii’s equal pay law.

Note that there are several exceptions to the new transparency requirements, such as to the following types of job listings: 

  1. Positions that are internal transfers or promotions within a current employer;
  2. Public employee positions for which salary, benefits, or other compensation are determined pursuant to collective bargaining; and
  3. Positions with employers having fewer than 50 employees.

The new law prohibits pay discrimination between employees performing substantially similar work based on any protected category established under state law. Previously, the state’s equal pay law prohibited pay discrimination based only on sex. 

These new requirements will become effective on January 1, 2024.