Companies have finally accepted that remote working will be part of future operations and are allowing employees to work from wherever they want — with one exception.
Colorado recently passed a law that requires companies to disclose their employees expected salary or pay range, including remote positions.
“The rule’s aim is to narrow gender wage gaps and provide greater pay transparency for employees,” according to the Wall Street Journal.
This has caused organizations offering remote positions to tell Colorado residents they do not need to apply. For instance, a recent job listing at Johnson & Johnson stated that flexible arrangements are available dependent on company approval, except in Colorado.
Abiding by these regulations are costly and an invasion of privacy for employees, according to some companies. Companies also worry that this rule could cause internal conflict among the organization.
Although the intention of the rule was to create a more equitable workforce, it appears to be having an adverse effect.
“Every human action has both intended and unintended consequences,” said economist Antony Davies and political scientist James Harrigan. “Human beings react to every rule, regulation, and order governments impose, and their reactions result in outcomes that can be quite different than the outcomes lawmakers intended.”