The Philadelphia City Council has passed a wage equity bill that prohibits employers from asking about a prospective employee’s wage andhistory. Given its support by Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, it is widely expected to become law, effective sometime in mid-2017.
The ordinance is intended to narrow the so-called wage gap between women and men and is part of a larger movement across the country.
The idea is that employers that don’t have a candidate’s past salary information will offer a wage and benefit package based on merit rather than past earnings that may be tainted by prior bias. Massachusetts recently passed a similar measure.
How it would work
The ordinance will apply to all private and public employers and employment agencies. It defines employer as “any person who does business in the City of Philadelphia through employees or who employs one or more employees exclusive of parents, spouse, life pa...(register to read more)