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Localities and the Salary History Ban: Next Stop, Westchester County, New York

    New York’s Westchester County is the latest locality to adopt legislation prohibiting employers from asking prior salary histories of a prospective employee.

    On Equal Pay Day, April 10, 2018, Westchester County Executive George Latimer signed legislation with the stated legislative intent of preventing the perpetuation of the gender wage gap, as well as of assisting older workers and those returning to the workforce after a long hiatus.

    Westchester County’s salary history ban goes into effect on July 9, 2018. The law amends the Westchester Human Rights Law, which covers persons who employ at least four employees, except if at least two-thirds of the employer’s staff is family.

    While New York State has not yet enacted similar legislation, other New York localities that have passed salary history ban laws include New York City and Albany County. In addition, in early-2017, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order prohibiting state agencies from making pre-employment offer inquiries about a candidate’s prior or current salary.

    For more information about the key provisions of Westchester County salary ban legislation, please click here to read the full post by Jackson Lewis attorneys Susan Corcoran, Rich Greenberg, Jonathan Bing, Brad Pryba, and Thomas Petriccione.

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