PERM and New Equal Pay Transparency Laws

Last Updated on February 23, 2023

Due to Equal Pay Transparency laws that are being enacted in many state and local jurisdictions, companies across the U.S. may face changes to their Permanent Labor Certification Programs (PERMs) if they are in an affected location.  


New laws have already been enacted in some states and local jurisdictions. Other jurisdictions are in the process of enacting these laws. The transparency laws require employers in affected jurisdictions to provide compensation information during the hiring process, including some laws that require disclosure of salaries or other benefits in all job advertisements.  

Most state and local authorities that have enacted the new laws have not stated that they will make exemptions for PERM job postings. Therefore, certain PERM job postings that previously didn’t require salary and compensation information may now be subject to the laws in places where they are in effect.  

Employers may now need to provide more detailed salary, compensation and benefits information in their PERM employment postings. The cost of the required print ads may increase due to the additional volume of the advertisements.  

Looking Ahead  

Since the Equal Pay Transparency laws are local laws, employers should contact their employment counsel for additional information and ask about the specific impacts on their company, if any. Employers can find out additional context on the impact to their required PERM postings by coordinating with their immigration counsel.   


Envoy is pleased to provide you this information, which was prepared in collaboration with Ian Love, who is a Partner at Global Immigration Associates (GIA), one of the two independent U.S. law firms Envoy exclusively works with on the Envoy Platform (the "U.S. Law Firms").     

Content in this publication is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an attorney at one of the two U.S. Law Firms working with the Envoy Platform or another qualified professional. On non-U.S. immigration issues, consult an Envoy global immigration service provider or another qualified representative.