Posted on November 2, 2015

Ask HR: Can We Prohibit Employees From Discussing Their Salaries?

You may have heard about a situation at Google this summer where a former employee shared her salary publicly within the company and invited others to do the same. It sparked a debate among HR professionals: was the employee allowed to share that information? The question has already been asked of our partners at HR Support Center, and in this case (no pun intended), there's an easy answer based on the law.


My employer has asked that we create a Non-Disclosure Agreement for employees to sign regarding discussion of their salaries. Can this be done legally?

Answer from Sarah, HR Pro:

No, this cannot be done legally. Under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), employees have the right to discuss the terms and conditions of their employment, including their work hours, work conditions, pay, and managers.

Sarah, HR ProSarah has extensive Human Resources experience in the legal, software, security and property preservation industries. She has a Business Communications degree from Villa Julie College (now Stevenson University) and a master’s certificate in Human Resources Management and a Strategic Organizational Leadership certification from Villa Nova University. Sarah is also a member of the National Society of Human Resources Management and has managed the HR function for small startup companies to mid-sized/large organizations.

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