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On 5/4/2017, Mayor de Blasio signed Intro. 1253 prohibiting employers from inquiring about a prospective employee’s salary history during all stages of the employment process.  The law’s stated purpose is to “reduce the likelihood that women will be prejudiced by prior salary levels and help break the cycle of gender pay inequity.”


The legislation bans both oral and written salary history inquiries made to an applicant, an applicant’s current or former employer, as well as a current or former employee or agent of the applicant’s current or former employer.  “Salary history” includes the applicant’s current or prior wage, benefits, and other compensation; however, employers are not prohibited from inquiring about objective measures of the applicant’s productivity such as revenue, sales, or other production reports.

 

The law will take effect on 10/30/2017.

 

Please click here for the text of the legislation.

 

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Bonnie Mangels – Bonnie is the Corporate Counsel and Senior Compliance Manager for Sequoia. When not inundated in paperwork and legal briefs, her interests include arts and crafts, bunnies, and the Bay Area.