As we previously reported, the New York City Council recently passed a bill restricting an employer’s ability to ask job applicants about their salary, benefits, or other compensation history during the hiring process. As expected, on May 4, 2017, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the legislation, meaning that the law will be effective as of October 31, 2017.

New York City employers should consider complying with the law prior to its effective date on October 31, 2017. As we previously noted, this law was incorporated under the New York City Human Rights Law, which means employers that violate this law may be liable for compensatory damages (including back pay, front pay, and emotional distress), uncapped punitive damages, attorneys’ fees, and potential class litigation.

We will continue to monitor this law regarding any guidance from the New York City Commission on Human Rights.

Ronald Kreismann serves as the Managing Shareholder for the firm’s New York City office. He focuses his practice on the representation of employers in all aspects of labor relations and employment law. His clients include major national and international hospitality companies; notable cultural, institutions; and employers in the real estate, telecommunications, financial services, publishing, and maritime industries. Because of his extensive experience and expertise in traditional labor...

Shabri Sharma is an Associate in the New York City office, where she represents and advises management in all aspects of employment law. Ms. Sharma has experience in advising and counseling employers regarding employment discrimination claims, mandatory arbitration policies, independent contractor audits, terminations, severance agreements, recent legal developments, and other related employment issues. Ms. Sharma also delivers employment training to hundreds of employees. Prior to joining...