File #: Int 1253-2016    Version: * Name: Prohibiting employers from inquiring about a prospective employee’s salary history.
Type: Introduction Status: Laid Over in Committee
Committee: Committee on Civil Rights
On agenda: 8/16/2016
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to prohibiting employers from inquiring about or relying on a prospective employee's salary history
Sponsors: The Public Advocate (Ms. James), Elizabeth S. Crowley, Laurie A. Cumbo, Helen K. Rosenthal, Rafael Salamanca, Jr., Brad S. Lander, Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Jumaane D. Williams, Donovan J. Richards, Annabel Palma, Daniel Dromm , Deborah L. Rose, Antonio Reynoso, Vanessa L. Gibson, Rafael L. Espinal, Jr., Robert E. Cornegy, Jr., Ben Kallos, Karen Koslowitz, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Mark Levine, Carlos Menchaca, Costa G. Constantinides, Mark Treyger, Ritchie J. Torres, I. Daneek Miller, Rosie Mendez, Alan N. Maisel, Margaret S. Chin, Inez D. Barron, Darlene Mealy, Andrew Cohen, Andy L. King, Stephen T. Levin, Mathieu Eugene
Council Member Sponsors: 34
Summary: This bill would prohibit employers from inquiring about a prospective employee’s salary history during all stages of the employment process. In the event that an employer is already aware of a prospective employee’s salary history, this bill would prohibit reliance on that information in the determination of salary. When employers rely on salary histories to determine compensation, they perpetuate the gender wage gap. Adopting measures like this bill can reduce the likelihood that women will be prejudiced by prior salary levels and help break the cycle of gender pay inequity.
Indexes: Oversight
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 1253, 2. August 16, 2016 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 3. Committee Report 12/13/16, 4. Hearing Testimony 12/13/16, 5. Hearing Transcript 12/13/16
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
12/13/2016*The Public Advocate (Ms. James) Committee on Civil Rights Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/13/2016*The Public Advocate (Ms. James) Committee on Civil Rights Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/16/2016*The Public Advocate (Ms. James) City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/16/2016*The Public Advocate (Ms. James) City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Int. No. 1253

 

By the Public Advocate (Ms. James), Council Members Crowley, Cumbo, Rosenthal, Salamanca, Lander, Ferreras-Copeland, Williams, Richards, Palma, Dromm, Rose, Reynoso, Gibson, Espinal, Cornegy, Kallos, Koslowitz, Rodriguez, Levine, Menchaca, Constantinides, Treyger, Torres, Miller, Mendez, Maisel, Chin, Barron, Mealy, Cohen, King, Levin and Eugene

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to prohibiting employers from inquiring about or relying on a prospective employee’s salary history

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Section 8-107 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new subdivision 25 to read as follows:

25. Employment; prospective employee salary history. (a) It is an unlawful discriminatory practice for an employer, employment agency, employee or agent thereof:

1. To inquire, in writing or otherwise, about the salary history, including, but not limited to, compensation and benefits, of an applicant for employment. For purposes of this subdivision, “to inquire” means to ask an applicant in writing or otherwise or to conduct a search of publicly available records or reports.

2. To rely on the salary history of an applicant for employment in determining the salary amount for such applicant at any stage in the employment process, including the contract, unless such applicant, unprompted, willingly disclosed such salary history to such employer, employment agency, employee or agent thereof.

(b) This subdivision does not apply to any actions taken by an employer, employment agency, employee or agent thereof pursuant to any federal, state or local law that authorizes the disclosure or verification of salary history for employment purposes.

§ 2. This local law takes effect 120 days after it becomes law.

BAM

LS #7886/8042/8388/8513/8769/8775/8777

08/11/16