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February 2020 Pennsylvania HR Legal Updates

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Salary History Ban

What happened?
The city will set a new effective date with input from the business community.  While 120 days from Third Circuit’s order would be June 5, 2020, the city could set an earlier date, so employers should begin preparing now.  

What are the details?
The Ordinance prohibits employers from asking prospective employees about past wages, with the stated goal of disrupting the flow of information that might otherwise be used to set pay and possibly perpetuate the gender pay gap.

What do employers need to do?

  • Revise hard copy and online applications to delete questions asking for wage history and consider asking about salary expectations in the application or later in the hiring process.   
  • Develop talking points or script and forms to document screening calls and interviews that provide guidance on what can and cannot be asked, and how to document any knowing and willing disclosure of wage history. 

Article: https://www.littler.com/publication-press/publication/when-hiring-jobs-located-philadelphia-salary-history-will-soon-be

Bill: https://www.dli.pa.gov/Individuals/Labor-Management-Relations/llc/Pages/Equal-Pay-Law.aspx

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