Pay Equity Law Signed in Oregon

Some number of months ago, it started as a prohibition on employers asking job applicants their salary history. Since that time, it has been transformed into the latest progressive campaign to right past wrongs and it now goes by the name Pay Equity. Oregon is the latest state to enact a Pay Equity Law when…

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Philadelphia Salary History Suit Tossed

A federal judge this week dismissed a lawsuit challenging the Philadelphia Wage Equity law brought by the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia. The legislation, which prohibits employers from asking a prospective employee about their salary history, was passed by the city council last year and signed into law in January by Mayor Jim Kenney.…

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Philly Delays Salary History Ban

With another lawsuit pending (yet again) on a new law enacted in the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced that the city will delay enforcement of the ban on salary history questions in employment interviews until the courts provide some clarity. The ordinance, which was unanimously passed by the City Council in…

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NYC Bans Salary History Questions

Mayor Bill de Blasio issued an Executive Order back in November 2016 that banned city agencies from asking for a salary history in employment interviews, but he needed a formal ordinance to impose the mandate on private employers. He got that ordinance this week on Wednesday when the New York City Council approved legislation extending…

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Pay Equity Issues

After having saddled Philadelphia retailers with that onerous sugary drink tax last year, Mayor Jim Kenney signed an ordinance into law this week that bans employers from asking job applicants about their salary history.  The law, which also has been adopted by a host of other cities and a handful of states, is known as…

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Salary History Is the New Taboo

When government officials were up in arms over employment questions about criminal records, may it was orange, but today there can be little doubt that salary history is the new black! Last year, Massachusetts started the trend by banning questions about salary history on employment applications so as not to “facilitate income inequality”, but now…

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NYC Bans Salary History Question

Just before the election, as the country was focused on who would become our 45th President of the United States, New York City Mayor bill de Blasio was signing an executive order banning municipal agencies from asking job applicants for their salary histories.  Executive Order 21 prohibits agencies from inquiring about an applicant’s salary history…

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Salary History Becoming the New Taboo

For the past few years, asking a job applicant if they had ever been convicted of a crime was frowned upon by the “beautiful people”.  Ultimately, a number of state and cities around the country “banned the box” and made it illegal to even ask an applicant if they had any criminal history before they…

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New Jersey Pols File to Ban Salary History

Two New Jersey state senators have filed legislation that would ban New Jersey employers from inquiring about the salary history of job applicants.  Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and Senator Nia Gill a few weeks ago, filed S. 2536, which would also prohibit an employer from taking reprisals against an employee for disclosing to other…

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Mass Governor Signs Pay Equity Law

As was expected, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed S.2119, An Act to Establish Pay Equity in the Commonwealth into law last week.  The law updates existing equal pay laws and clarifies that companies must pay men and women the same when they do ‘comparable’ work rather just when they have the same job title, so…

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