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NYC: Salary History Ban Rules Take Effect October 31

October 16th, 2017

Rules regarding the New York City Salary Inquiry History Ban were released last week.  These rules solidify the amendment to the NYC Administrative Code, which bans employers based in NYC from inquiring about a candidate’s compensation history.  The amendment, which will go into effect on October 31st, 2017, strives to close the gender wage gap.

Since the signing of the bill in May, Talener has taken strides to eliminate compensation history from our daily practices.  This reflex of asking about past compensation is something that Mike Dsupin, CEO of Talener, addressed in his open letter in May. All Talener locations across the country have moved towards eliminating past compensation history from the equation in order to level the playing field.

Over the past 6 months, employers in New York City have been encouraged to change interview and hiring processes that require compensation history ahead of the law’s effective date. This includes applications, on-boarding documents, and interviews.  Likewise, searching publicly available records with the intent of learning about past compensation history is also prohibited. Failure to comply with the new law can bring substantial fines or violations.

  • How do staffing agencies fit into the law?
    Staffing agencies located in New York are also required to comply with the new rules.  Staffing agencies that act as the employer or as agents between an employer and a candidate will need to adjust their application and interviewing practices as well.
  • What if I’ve worked with a staffing agency before and they already know my compensation history?
    If the history is already known, agencies cannot share this information with an employer without written consent from the candidate.
  • The staffing agency is located in New York City but the role and company are outside of NYC. How does this work?
    Interviews conducted in New York City are pursuant to the law.  However, employers and roles located outside of NYC (i.e. New Jersey) are not subject to the law.  While the NYC staffing firm cannot ask about compensation history, the NJ based-employer is exempt.

The adoption of the New York City Salary History Inquiry Ban is only the tip of the iceberg.  The state of California as well as the state of Massachusetts have also enacted similar bans to take effect in January of 2018 and July of 2018, respectively.  These laws are part of a broader initiative to eliminate a life-long gender wage gap.

Detailed information regarding the NYC law can be found on the NYC Commission on Human Rights FAQ.  If you have any questions about working with Talener or how this law will affect you, please reach out to us with any questions. Talener is excited to continue our efforts in closing the gender wage gap and promote inclusive hiring practices.

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ACT-W Chicago Conference 2017

October 10th, 2017

Talener is excited to sponsor ChickTech’s ACT-W Conference in Chicago on October 18th – 20th.  Talener will join companies like Microsoft, Walgreens, VistaPrint & Uptake in contributing to this event geared at empowering women in technology roles. This regional event will bring women and men together for workshops, one-on-one coaching sessions, networking events, and a career fair.   From engineers to designers, executives to technical support; ACT-W strives to open the dialogue between the best and the brightest across industries.

The event will kick off on October 18th with a She Started It documentary panel & discussion.  She Started It looks at how females are under-represented in entrepreneurship, highlighting these challenges and the need to find solutions to overcome barriers.  October 19th features a kick-off party the night before the main conference.  The networking happy hour is a great way for people to get to know one another before the main event.  The main conference event takes place at The Chicago School on 10/20. It will include a full day of workshops, sessions, an exhibit fair, and networking.

Tiffany Roesler, Talener’s VP of Leadership & Organizational Development will speak on 10/20 at the Chicago School about “Busting Myths & Negotiating with Style.”

Talener is proud to be a part of this event. It strives to elevate women in technology while promoting STEM-based activities and careers to girls. For the second year, proceeds from the ACT-W Chicago conference will go towards providing STEM education programs to local high school girls through ChickTech.

To attend or to learn more about the event, please visit the Chicago ACT-W Website. We looking forward to seeing you at the event and at the career / exhibit fair!

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Letter from the CEO: Adopting the NYC Salary Inquiry Ban Across Offices

June 19th, 2017

June 19, 2017

The New York City Salary Inquiry Ban

A Letter from the CEO:

Last month, the New York City Council voted to implement a NYC Salary History Inquiry Ban in November and I am excited to announce that Talener will take an aggressive approach beyond the NYC law and embrace the pure intention of the law – extending it to all six of our offices nationally.

The salary inquiry ban prohibits employers (including staffing agencies) from inquiring about a prospective employee’s salary history during any stage of the hiring process. This is just the tip of the iceberg towards leveling the playing field and eliminating discrimination biases.

By removing an often-uncomfortable conversation surrounding previous salary, we can be even more focused on improving our interactions and relationships with our clients and candidates.  Relying on previous salary history perpetuates a life-long wage gap that focuses on previous compensation instead of the core skills and competencies that a candidate has attained.

Moving forward, we will educate candidates about the new law and how we are addressing it.  Early feedback from candidates has been well-received.  They are often hesitant to divulge compensation history, so this is a welcomed change.

We will refrain from discussing candidates’ compensation with clients as well. Rather, we are speaking with them about what candidates are looking for in their next role.  Thus far, our clients have been receptive.  Many have indicated that we are the first agency to bring up the changes that the law will encompass.

As an industry, we are programmed to ask about salary.  It will take some time to retrain and replace our reflexes; but I am confident that this is the right direction for everyone involved.

I am embracing this change as a positive move forward.  This is a learning experience for everyone involved and I will personally take a hands-on approach towards educating our staff, clients, and candidates.  We are committed to eliminating the wage gap by diminishing discrimination and ultimately perpetuating inclusive hiring practices.


Thank you,

Michael Dsupin

CEO, Talener

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One Year Snapshot: Emma Loftus

June 14th, 2017

Information security threats don’t discriminate. Just last month, the Google Docs phishing and WannaCry ransomware attacks crippled users and healthcare systems around the world. Finding the people who predict, detect, and resolve these security threats are in high demand.  And Emma Loftus, our information security Technical Recruiter is on the front lines; she finds talented security experts for  clients that include new startups to Fortune 500 organizations.

In her first year at Talener, Emma has tackled the challenge of learning about information security and DevOps in order to secure the right talent for her clients.  Her path has lead her to tackle the New York City security market head-on.  Emma’s experience has been tailored to her  strengths as a Technical Recruiter.

We sat down with Emma to get some perspective about her time at Talener, as well as her take on adapting from college to the “working” world.

Before you joined Talener, did you know what tech staffing was?

Before I started working at Talener, I had a very basic knowledge of staffing. I was sold on the culture and the opportunities for growth that came with working in this industry.

What was the most difficult part about making the transition from college to work?

This was my first “real” job – I started a month after graduation. I found it hard to transition to a fixed schedule and not having as many breaks throughout the day.  I was always someone who had spread my classes out in order to avoid early classes.  The early start takes some getting used to!

What kind of advice do you have for someone starting their career in staffing or a sales-oriented role?

Don’t let the small things get you down. In staffing, there is always another candidate or account that is out there just waiting to be picked up.  Move forward and upward.

What kind if advice do you have for someone starting their career in any position?

By your senior year of college, you feel like you have it all figured out. But then, you jump into the workforce at the bottom of the pile again.  Don’t let it get you down.  Don’t be afraid to make mistakes or worry that you don’t know all of the answers. Look to your mentors and work hard. You can learn so much, so quickly.

You have been at Talener for one year. What motivates you to recruit for positions every day?

One of the things that I love about working here is how much control I have over impacting what is going on with my own desk. If I’m not happy with how things are going, I can go out and change it quickly.

Your path led you to become a Technical Recruiter for Information Security. What do you find most challenging about the position?

Sometimes it seems like nothing is going your way – a job is filled by another agency, a candidate rejects an offer, etc.; but you just have to remember that good work is never a waste – it will come back to you!

What do you like the most?

I have control over my own success. I can pick up my own accounts and make things happen. There are many great leaders in this space who are always willing to give advice and help you reach your goals.

We’re curious – what was your dream job as a kid? Certainly not a technical recruiter?

I wanted to be a marine biologist — I loved dolphins and sea turtles.

And what was your college major?

I attended Colgate and studied English literature.

If you won $1 million and had to spend it on one single thing, what would you buy?

I would buy a cabin on a lake in the woods. I love NYC, but sometimes you need to get out of here!

And lastly, what emoji best describes your personality?

The smiley face that waves.


For more information about how you can define your path in tech staffing & recruiting, contact our Corporate Recruiter, Taylor Rockower. We are looking for talented graduates who have a passion for forming relationships and finding a purpose in their career.

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Jed Pillion joins Talener Boston as Head of Business Development

May 8th, 2017

TALENER – Boston, MA, May 8, 2017

Talener is excited to welcome Jed Pillion as the Head of Business Development in the Talener Boston office. Jed joins Talener after serving as the Managing Director for ExecuSearch for 6 years where he opened and built their Boston office from the ground up. Prior to working at ExecuSearch, Jed was a Sales Manager at Axceler and a Regional Director with Stride & Associates. In his time at Stride, Jed worked and built a strong relationship with Talener’s CEO, Mike Dsupin and EVP of Sales, Henry Boulos. His extensive background in the IT staffing industry will serve as a growth catalyst for Talener in Boston.

Jed has worked in IT recruiting for over 16 years and in five major markets across the United States.  His hope is that his years of experience will help grow Talener both internally, by mentoring our junior employees, as well as externally, through new enterprise accounts.  Additionally, Jed will be working with existing clients to solidify these relationships in Boston.

On joining Talener, Jed said, “This role is a culmination of my IT business development background.  Focusing on business development allows me to work closely with key accounts while fostering deeper and more meaningful relationships.”

If you would like to learn more about Jed’s path to Talener or have questions about IT needs at your organization, please reach out to him, here.

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