Nebraska: Employees are Permitted to Discuss Wages

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September 6, 2019

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LB 217 updated the Nebraska Fair Employment Practice Act (FEPA) to prohibit employer discrimination of employees who “inquired about, discussed, or disclosed information regarding employee wages, benefits, or other compensation” outside of working hours. This rule does not apply to employees whose job functions allow them access to this information and disclose it to someone who does not otherwise have authorized access to the information, except under limited circumstances. It also does not apply to employees who disclose such wage information to the general public or to the employer’s competitors.

The rule expressly states that employers are not required to disclose information regarding employee wages, benefits, or compensation. However, it also states that this information is not proprietary information. This means that employers should have their nondisclosure agreements reviewed by legal counsel to ensure they are compliant with the current rule.

Action Items

  1. Read the text of the bill here.
  2. Have employee handbooks and employer policies updated where applicable.
  3. Have nondisclosure agreements updated where applicable.
  4. Have managers trained on the new rule.
  5. Subscribers can call our HR On-Call Hotline at (888) 378-2456 for further assistance.

Disclaimer: This document is designed to provide general information and guidance concerning employment-related issues. It is presented with the understanding that ManagEase is not engaged in rendering any legal opinions. If a legal opinion is needed, please contact the services of your own legal adviser.

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