Come Oct. 31, 2017, employers in New York City will face a scary new reality: They will no longer be permitted to ask job candidates about their salary history. This mandate follows the New York City Council’s decision to pass legislation in April 2017 in an effort to address gender-based wage gaps. The law seeks to break the cycle of pay inequity by reducing the likelihood that women and people of color will be prejudiced by prior salary levels. Instead, the law encourages employers to set compensation based on applicants’ qualifications. For businesses new to this concept, here’s a “roadmap” of what is and is not permitted.
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