Statewide

❌ You cannot:

  • Request previous salary / wages / benefits information

  • Screen based on compensation history

  • Rely on salary history in deciding whether to extend an offer or determine salary

  • Seek, request or require salary history for interview, employment, and/or promotion

  • Retaliate against an applicant who refuses to disclose salary history

  • Pose “optional” salary history questions on a job application

✅ You can accept and/or verify voluntarily disclosed salary history for purposes of negotiating salary

Local Ordinances

  • Albany County

    • ❌ Cannot request salary history until after an offer is made

  • NYC

    • ❌ Cannot use salary history in setting pay

    • ✅ Can have discussions about salary or compensation “expectations”

    • 📌 You must disclose the minimum and maximum salary or hourly wage for all job openings, promotions and transfer opportunities (effective date extended to November 1, 2022)

      • Affects employers with four of more employees in NYC. Does not cover jobs that cannot, or will not, be performed in the city

  • Suffolk County

    • ❌ Cannot search publicly available records or rely on known salary history to set pay

  • Westchester County

    • ❌ Cannot rely on salary history, unless voluntarily disclosed and used to support a higher wage than originally offered


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The resources available here are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice or opinions. For legal advice, please consult with your employment counsel directly.

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