NYC Prohibits Employers from Attaining Applicants’ Compensation History

The New York City Council recently approved a bill prohibiting employers from requesting or seeking a job applicant’s compensation history. The practices of polling former employers and searching public records for salary history will now be considered unlawful discriminatory practices, as this provides an advantage to the company in salary negotiations. The law will continue to allow employers to discuss a prospective employee’s salary expectations, to inform applicants of anticipated salary numbers, and to use previous salary information if it is offered voluntarily and without prompting. The bill is now in front of Mayor Bill De Blasio, and will go into effect 180 days after being signed.

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