Suffolk County, NY, Passes Salary History Ban Bill

By Kelsey Basten

Published on Dec. 6, 2018

Suffolk County, NY became yet another local jurisdiction in New York to pass a salary history ban bill. The Restricting Information on Salaries and Earnings Act (RISE) prohibits any employer with employees in Suffolk County from inquiring about any salary or benefits history of job applicants at every stage of the hiring process. The bill also prohibits employers from searching publicly available records or reports for this information.

The bill was initially created to restrict employers from using salary and benefits history when establishing salary and benefits for new employees. The legislature explained that utilizing this information in decision making perpetuates wage discrimination and the wage gap experienced by women, racial and ethnic minorities, and employees returning to the workforce after an extended period away.

The bill has been sent to the desk of County Executive Steve Bellone. If Bellone signs the RISE Act, it is expected to go into effect in June 2019.

Previously Reported Jurisdictions with Salary History Ban Bills and Laws

At GovDocs, we closely follow a variety of employment law subjects, including salary history ban bills and laws. Here are a few previously reported blog posts of jurisdictions with salary history ban activity. This is not an inclusive list of all jurisdictions, but rather a few articles that we have published in the past:

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