Albany County New York Salary History Ban

January 5th, 2018

On November 6, 2017 Albany County Executive Daniel Mccoy signed a bill which will prohibit employers in Albany County from inquiring about an applicant’s salary or utilizing salary history to determine what salary to offer an applicant. The new law took effect on December 17, 2017 Please see below for a summary of this new bill.

The law will make it an unlawful practice for an employer with four or more employees or an employment agency to do the following:

  • Screen job applicants based on their wage or salary history, including other compensation.
  • Requiring that a applicants prior wages satisfy a minimum or maximum criteria.
  • Request or require that an applicant disclose their salary history as a condition of being interviewed or seeking employment.
  • Seek the salary history of an applicant from their current or former employer.

An applicant may provide written authorization to a perspective employer or an employment agency to confirm prior wages or salary history after an offer of employment including compensation has been made.

The full text of the bill can be found here.

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