New Pay Equity Laws Go Into Effect in New York

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced two new laws that became effective on October 8th. The new laws prohibit unequal pay on the basis of a protected class for all substantially similar work and forbid employers from asking prospective employees about their salary history. The new laws prohibit all employers – public and private – who do business in New York State from asking prospective employees about their salary history and compensation, and expands the definition of “equal pay for equal work.

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