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The ban applies to all employers with 15 or more employees who work in Columbus; it applies to job placement, referral, and other employment agencies operating on behalf of a covered employer.
Columbus has joined Toledo, Cincinnati, and a number of states and locales around the country, in banning employers from asking job applicants about their salary history.
What are the details?
Effective March 1, 2024, covered employers in Ohio’s capital will be prohibited from:
- Inquiring about an applicant’s salary history
- Screening applicants based on their salary history
- Relying solely on salary history when deciding whether to offer an applicant employment or determining their compensation
- Retaliating against applicants for not disclosing their salary history
Unlike Toledo and Cincinnati’s bans, the Columbus ordinance contains no posting requirements and does not require employers to share a position’s pay range with applicants after making a conditional offer of employment.
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What do employers need to do?
Columbus employers should evaluate their employment applications and hiring practices with the assistance of legal counsel to ensure compliance with the city’s salary history ban before it takes effect in March 2024. In addition, with the increasing number of salary history bans across the country and the rise of remote work, all employers should be aware of pay equity and transparency laws in other locations where they operate or have employees and, as necessary, take steps to ensure compliance.
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