Q. When will the new salary history law go into effect in New York City?
A. Effective October 31, 2017, employers are barred from asking job applicants in New York City about their salary history. The bill, which was passed by the New York City Council in early April, was signed into law by Mayor Bill di Blasio on May 4, 2017.
Salary history includes “current or prior wage, benefits, or other compensation.” The ban includes inquiries to an applicant’s current or former employer and searches of publicly available information for salary history.
To ensure compliance, employers should ensure that job applications for positions in New York City do not include inquiries about salary history. Employers should also update their internal policies and interviewing guidelines to ensure all relevant personnel are aware of the change.