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NYC joins the bandwagon....

"New York City bans employers from requesting salary history

NEW YORK – New York City's mayor has signed a bill into law making it illegal for employers to ask applicants about their salary history.

Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the measure Thursday.

The mayor says the new law will help eliminate the gender wage gap by ensuring women with lower paying jobs won't face continued lower salary offers.

The law was authored by the city's public advocate, Letitia James, who says the wage gap costs New York City women $5.8 million in potential earnings every year.

The law goes into effect in 180 days.

Applicants who believe a potential employer violated the law can file a complaint with the city's Human Rights Commission, which can impose penalties of up to $250,000."

Do you agree with NYC and the other localities (Massachusetts comes to mind) that say salary history is none of an employer's business?


(Finance Director / Controller) |

This will not only impact women but a whole slew of individuals. I believe it is a good change, though not one without unintended consequences. If the employer has a fixed budget for a role, the question was (sometimes) intended to focus on candidates it could afford or triangulate to a candidate with the right combination of skills and experience at a comp level it could achieve. This may force employers to publish what it pays for certain roles and fix its $$ to these bands. This can force comp down for some lower demand jobs and heat up comp for the more difficult to hire roles even worse than currently exists.

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