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Suffolk County, New York Enacts Salary History Ban

Effective June 30, 2019:  Employers in Suffolk County, New York are prohibited from inquiring about a job applicant’s salary history at any time in the hiring process.  Under the Restricting Information on Salaries and Earnings Act, also known as the “RISE Act,” employers with four or more employees may not:

  • Inquire, in any form (orally, in writing, or otherwise), about an applicant’s wage or salary history, including, but not limited to, compensation and benefits; or
  • Rely on the salary history of an applicant for employment in determining the wage or salary amount for such applicant at any stage of employment, including at offer or contract.

Either or both of the above-mentioned actions will constitute an unfair discriminatory practice by the employer.

Full text of the Suffolk County Law.

For more information on these and other laws and whether they affect your state, visit our Resource Guides.

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