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Senate Bill 1162 (SB 1162): Expanding Pay Data Reporting and Pay Transparency

Effective January 1, 2023, California Senate Bill 1162 (SB 1162) requires employers to disclose pay scales on all position postings and to current employees upon request. SB 1162 expands on the previously enacted California Assembly Bill 168 (AB 168). These laws apply to all academic, faculty, and staff recruitments and positions. 

These laws expand pay equity and pay transparency by requiring California employers to disclose pay scales and prohibiting employers from seeking or relying on applicants’ salary history information, including compensation and benefits, in the recruitment process. These laws further safeguard the right of all persons to obtain and hold employment without discrimination based on specified characteristics or status, and they are intended to address inequity in pay practices based on gender, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity, or sexual orientation. 

The SB 1162 requirements include the following: 

  • Pay scales must be included in all position postings and information must be provided to all third parties who assist with position postings. 
  • A full salary range must also be provided for a current employee's position at the employee's request. 
  • Prohibits employers from seeking or relying on salary history information, including compensation and benefits, about an applicant for employment as a factor in determining whether to offer employment or what salary to offer. 
  • Upon request, employers must provide the pay scale for a position to an applicant applying for employment.

To comply with SB1162:

  • Reasonably expected hiring range: UC Merced will continue its practice of posting the recommended hiring range that is reasonably expected to be paid for a position, as provided by Compensation, for all staff recruitment postings, along with the full salary grade range.  Any request to deviate from posting the standard recommended hiring range will be reviewed by Compensation and Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) prior to posting.
  • Employee Access to Full Salary Range Information: To ensure current employees are provided access to their current position salary range (pay scale), the range of pay from minimum to maximum that is established for a salary grade or job, please follow the following step-by-step instructions:  
    • To access full salary range information:
      • Login to your UCPath online account to find your Primary Title (listed under your name). Copy your abbreviated title as it appears in UCPath to enter in to the TCS Inquiry tool.
      • Go to TCS Inquiry and select your employee category.
      • Enter your Primary Title (from UCPath) in the Title Name field
      • Select other filters that apply (such as bargaining unit)
      • Click "Search"
      • Select the Title code on the left for your Title Name and Campus/Business Unit location 
      • View salary range information on the Title Details page. If “no base rates by agreement” is listed under “Detail Information,” please contact Human Resources Compensation office or Academic Personnel Office to request salary range information for your position.

For more detailed information, guidance, and frequently asked questions, please review the following: 

Please contact the following with pay equity and additional questions or concerns: 

  • Non-represented staff employees: Contact Human Resources Compensation office. 
  • Represented employees: Contact your local bargaining unit representative.