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New York City set to ban employers from asking about salary history

The New York City Council is expected to vote on and approve a bill that will prohibit all of the city’s private employers from asking job applicants about their salary histories.

The law – which aims to alleviate the pay disparities that have historically affected women and minorities from the onset of their careers – will also ban potential employers from conducting public records searches on pay history.

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio previously signed Executive Order 21 which prevented city agencies from inquiring about salary history.

New York City will join Massachusetts and Philadelphia as jurisdictions to pass laws prohibiting employers from making inquiries into applicants' and employees' salary history. Several other states and cities are also taking steps to introduce similar legislation.

Federal legislation has also been introduced to prohibit employers in all 50 states from asking applicants for their salary histories before making a job or salary offer.

To learn more about this emerging trend in employment-related legislation, be sure to read our previous ComplianceAlert on the issue, here.

Source: Bloomberg, 4/5/2017

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