On April 5, the New York City Council passed legislation outlawing salary history inquiries.The new legislation was created in an effort to address payequity issues by prohibiting employers from inquiring about a job applicant’s salary history during the hiring process. The law would come into effect 180 days after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signs the bill. Once enacted, the new legislation will impose significant changes on the hiring process.
The New York City bill would make it an unlawful discriminatory practice for an employer to inquire about a prospective applicant’s salary history during all stages of the employment process. In addition, the bill would make it an unlawful discriminatory practice to rely on a job applicant’s salary history in determining the applicant’s salary, benefits or compensation. To learn more about this bill including notable exceptions as well as steps empolyers should take to prepare for compliance read the full article by Eric J. Wallach, Brian S. Kaplan, Joseph A. Piesco, Daniel Turinsky, and Evan D. Parness of our employment group.