07 Sep

August 2020 Pennsylvania HR Legal Updates

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Philadelphia’s Salary History Ban Will Finally Be Enforced

What happened?
On September 1, 2020, the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations will begin enforcing the Wage Equity Ordinance (Ordinance), which prohibits employers in Philadelphia from asking job applicants for their salary history and from using salary history information to set wage rates.

What are the details?
Starting September 1, 2020, Philadelphia employers will no longer be able to ask job applicants about their salary history or require job applicants to disclose their salary history during the application process. Applicants may choose to disclose their wage history voluntarily, but an employer cannot use that information in setting initial wages. Finally, Philadelphia employers may not retaliate against applicants who refuse to disclose their wage history in accordance with the Ordinance.

An FAQ covering this ordinance can be found here.

The ordinance itself can be found here.

What do employers need to do?
The HR team of the employer should update their interview processes to accommodate the new restriction on what questions may be asked of potential Philadelphia-based employees.


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