New York City Agencies are Banned from Inquiring Into Job Applicants’ Salary Histories

On November 4, 2016, New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio signed Executive Order 21 prohibiting city agencies from inquiring about the salary history of prospective employees. City agencies may ask prospective employees about previous compensation including wage, salary, benefits or other compensation if a conditional offer of employment has been made, and for the purpose of evaluating an applicant’s representations. For the offer of employment to be valid, it must include the salary for the job position. The goal is to ensure fair employment practices and close the pay gap for women and people of color. The Department of Citywide Administrative Services will be providing training for Agency Personnel Officers on how to ask about previous compensation when a conditional offer of employment has been made. The Agency Personnel Officers can then train Agency Human Resources staff.

Mayor de Blasio has also confirmed that he plans to support Intro. 1253, a similar bill that would prohibit both public and private employers in the City from inquiring about the salary history of prospective employees. Compliance Poster Company will monitor Intro. 1253 and provide an update, visit us soon!

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