Paying based on what employees are willing to accept feels somewhat contradictory to your earlier sentiments about the moral implications of zipcodes affecting CoL and, consequently, pay. And there will be a variety of circumstances that employees face with regards to taking care of relatives, et al. I think there's a question about social programs there, but that's a deep tangent to go down.
It is a fair assessment to question how a company values their employees when they are entirely remote and doing a CoL based pay. I'm left somewhat unsatisfied by it because I feel there is somewhat more, but I can't quite put my finger on it.
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