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February 8 2018

Albany County (NY) passes salary history ban

Albany County, New York, recently voted to amend the Albany County Human Rights Law to prohibit employers from requiring job applicants to provide prior or current salary information before offering them employment.

The bill, which was signed into law in early November, will go into effect 30 days after it is filed with the New York Secretary of State. The law will prohibit employers with four or more employees and employment agencies from screening applicants based on their current or prior wages and prevents them from requiring that an applicant's prior wages satisfy minimum or maximum criteria. It also prohibits employers from requesting or requiring that applicants disclose salary history information as a condition of being interviewed or considered for employment, and from seeking information about the current or prior salary of an applicant from his or her current or former employers.