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I'm not an attorney, but I have received legal advice on this subject when I was administering 200 listserves for CharityChannel.com.
Salary surveys done by third parties, even industry groups, are OK precisely because they are third parties, aggregate data, are done for informational purposes, and are generally distributed to a broader audience, such as the general public or an association's membership.
The danger comes in when the third party is removed from the discussion and putative competitors have the opportunity to get specific.
Michael L. Wyland
Sumption & Wyland
818 South Hawthorne Avenue
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57104-4537
From: Jonathan Baker [mailto:jbaker2525 -at- gmail -dot- com]
Sent: Wednesday, October 5, 2016 8:54 AM
To: Michael Wyland
Cc: Keith Hood; TECHWR-L Writing
Subject: Re: Question about pay rates
Michael, I assume you are an attorney? STC does a salary survey every year and isn't violating any laws. And most company HR groups survey what their peers are paying. Again, doesn't seem to be an issue.
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