At the start of the year, Philadelphia went down in history as the first municipality in the US to pass legislation banning prospective employers who have businesses and firms in the city from asking prospective employees their past salary. That law was first seen as a way to limit an employer’s ability to gather new information about a potential employee. However, the supporters of this legislation, including human rights advocates view it as a source of transparency in the hiring process and also as a way to bridge the gender pay gap in employment.
Women and other marginalized groups employed in the same capacity as their male counterparts frequently earn less than men because their employers after learning of their past salary, only add a small percentage to the former salary. The legislators of the law sought to ensure that this loophole during the hiring process was sealed. In the past, prospective employees who refused to indulge information regarding their past salaries or did not give approval for the new employer to contact past employers and get information regarding their history salaries were less likely to get hired.
According to this law, any business that has operations in Philadelphia whether or not its headquarters are in the municipality is bound by the law. An employer cannot do independent research on the prospective salary range of a given position when making a new hire. It is also against this law if the employer contacts the previous employer to ask the past salary history of a new hire. However, businesses are advised to seek the legal counsel of experienced lawyers to comply with the different aspects of the law.
About Karl Heideck
Karl Heideck holds a 2003 Bachelor of Arts (English language and literature) degree from Swarthmore College and he is also an honors 2009 graduate of the James E. Beasley School of Law of Temple University. He owns his private practice in Pennsylvania. Heideck is an author of several scholarly articles and blog posts that educate the public about the effect of different business laws and how they are required to act to comply.
Heideck is experienced in legal areas of risk management, compliance, and civil litigation. He has gained profound experience in these areas from working as an attorney in Philadelphia, where he practiced general law for seven years. Heideck was board certified and licensed at Philadelphia before starting his private practice in Pennsylvania. Learn more:http://www.legaldirectories.com/Heideck-Karl-576691-Atty.aspx