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New York Latest State to Ban Employers’ Salary History Questions

Jan. 6, 2020, 3:30 PM

Job applicants’ salary history can’t be required by New York employers under a new state law aimed at promoting pay equity by gender and race.

The law—effective Jan. 6—makes New York one of 13 states plus Puerto Rico that restrict both government and private-sector employers’ ability to use salary history queries in their hiring process. Colorado has enacted a similar law that will take effect Jan. 1, 2021.

The move to limit the use of salary history is part of a broader push to combat the gender wage gap, according to Kate Nielson, director of public policy and legal ...