County in NY strengthens privacy on wage and salary history to protect women and minorities

On October 2, 2018, the Suffolk County, NY Legislature introduced a local law to restrict access to information regarding salary and earnings (“RISE” act). The legislature of Suffolk County found that “women and racial and ethnic minority workers have historically encountered lower wages and salaries causing a wage gap that pervades all industries,” and that they have been negatively impacted by employers who rely on salary and wage history when making an employment offer.

The local law prohibits employers from “inquiring about and relying on prior or current salary information when setting compensation for new employees.”