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How Do I Comply with the NYC Compensation History Inquiry Law?

October 29th, 2017

As a New York City based employer, or an employer that conducts interviews and hires employees in New York, you are subject to the compensation history inquiry ban that goes into effect on October 31, 2017.

This law aims to end the wage gap that leads to perpetual underpayment throughout the lifetime of an individual’s professional career.  But other than avoiding asking candidates about their salary, what do you really need to do in order to protect yourself and your business?

Talener has taken steps in order to ensure that we go above and beyond the law (and beyond our NYC office), embracing its true intent – closing the wage gap.

While every employer will choose different steps towards complying with the new law, there are several ways in which your organization can address the law head-on, mitigating the risk of non-compliance.

  • Removing compensation questions from all application documents. This includes questions about bonus, equity, retirement benefits, etc.
  • Refraining from asking candidates for pay stubs, W2s, or any other document that would indicate their compensation
  • Not seeking out compensation information via public search, background checks, or candidate-supplied references
  • Creating marketing / informational materials about the law that are easily accessible to candidates
  • Implementing internal procedures that indicate how an employee should document a candidate’s compensation if it has been voluntarily disclosed
  • Ensuring that any compensation documentation has been logged electronically and include a time and / or date stamp
  • Training and re-training all levels of staff; including senior-managers and executives
  • Requiring junior staff  to have a senior-level employee with them during the interview or negotiation process
  • Openly asking candidates not to share their compensation history with you or your staff
  • Openly informing candidates that you will not be documenting, sharing, or using any disclosed compensation history in any way
  • Requiring candidates to sign a disclosure agreement about how you can use their volunteered information

Ultimately, these steps help to safeguard your organization and can help to make the difference if a complaint is filed.  Penalties vary for offenses, but can be severe if the NYC Commission on Human Rights determines that the non-compliance was malicious or was due to neglect on the company’s part.  This law is the first of many that are cropping up around the country.  Similar laws go into effect next year in California, Massachusetts, and Oregon.

If you have an questions about the steps that Talener has taken to prepare for the law, please feel free to reach out to



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Scaling Your Startup: The Hiring Process

May 2nd, 2016

When you’ve graduated from a two- man operation in a garage office, but haven’t quite signed a lease for a Silicon Valley address- where does that leave you? As a startup, scaling out your business comes with challenges at every level of your business. This includes your hiring process. Knowing the roles needed, your story, and having a defined process will allow for streamlined movement forward in your company’s path to success.

Tell Your Story Well
You might be the one on the interviewer’s side of the desk, but that doesn’t mean that you aren’t also being interviewed. As a startup or small operation, you must be able to sell yourself in a way that instills confidence in your future employees. Are they going to get paid? What has been done with that Series A funding? What about the product or service itself? Can it revolutionize the crowded startup space?

Know your story. Know it well. If you can’t get buy-in from candidates in the interview process, reconsider how you tell it. Make sure it can be understood by everyone. This means breaking down the story for tech candidates, account executives and everyone in between. At the end of the day, if your candidates don’t buy-in early, they may decide that your startup isn’t right for them.

Have Well-Defined Roles
If you aren’t clear about the exact roles that you need, wait to interview. The interview process should be streamlined; and part of streamlining the process is understanding what roles you need specifically. Often, we see clients who spend two to three weeks interviewing before realizing that they need another skill set. This leads to missed opportunities on potential fits.

Streamline the Process
Is your process clear, concise, and timely? Be mindful about keeping pace with the market. On average, most of the top candidates that we (recruiters) work with come on and off the market with 10 days. Having the right interview process in place that takes human capital movement into account is necessary.
Qualify, Don’t Disqualify.

Don’t look for reasons to not interview someone. For first round interviews, interview everyone who might be a fit. Yes, there will certainly be things missing on a resume that might disqualify them from being hired, but don’t let those reasons hinder the first round interview process.

Above all, be true to your startup, your vision, and goals. Organized and streamlined hiring practices will give you the right talent at the right time, allowing you to focus on other areas of the business that need to grow and develop. Sell your story and let your future employees sell your story.  Have questions about the hiring process or scaling out your own startup? Get in touch with Justin, our  Regional VP of Sales, today.

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Updates from the Tech Scene in Chicago

August 15th, 2014

It’s been a year since we opened our Chicago office and the city’s tech scene continues to boom! Some recent highlights and news from the tech scene out of the Windy City:

MerchandiseMartChicagoThe Move to Merchandise Mart: Originally opened as a wholesale showroom space in the 1930s, this sprawling building (which has its own zip code!) has expanded and evolved drastically over the years. Today, the unique floor plan is providing an attractive option for tech companies that embrace open layouts and collaborative environments. Some of the space’s upcoming tenants will include popular online review service Yelp and credit card payment software Braintree. They’ll join a number of tech companies, including 1871, a community center and digital startup coworking space, that has already made the Merch home.

From One Coworking Space to Another: Coworking options in the Windy City are also expanding, as seen with the recent announcement of Matter, a space specifically targeted for technology startups in the medical device and biopharma industries. The space, which has the backing of  Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s ChicagoNEXT technology and innovation council, is currently accepting applications for new tenants.

490521817Other Movers & Shakers: After a recent move from one West Loop building to another, electronic legal service provider Inventus LLC plans to double their workforce in the near future. Other tech companies in the Chicago area that have recently ramped up hiring efforts have included: Sprout Social, Codifyd Inc and Grubhub.

Work in technology and looking to make a move to Chicago? Or looking to hire? We can help! Check our job board for some of our latest openings or feel free to contact us directly!

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The Talener Times – September 23, 2013

September 24th, 2013

Click -> The Shirazi Times- September 23, 2013

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2013 Business Insider IGNITION Mobile Conference

March 22nd, 2013

Just as the Internet and the World Wide Web have significantly disrupted the business landscape in the last decade, advancements in mobile technology are now overtaking web-based services and further pushing our economy into the digital realm. We are learning that even companies that until recently seemed like superstars, such as Facebook and Google, are at risk of becoming lame ducks in a rapidly evolving, mobile-first world. Tobias Rich, VP of our West Coast Operations, and I attended this incredible gathering of people who are evolving mobile business to discuss what’s happening now, what’s coming up next, and how the business landscape will continue to shift.

Some topics and insights that were particularly interesting to me included:

  • Mobile Product Development
    • Multi-screen interactive experiences are an inevitable trend – in 10 years, all screens (even TV) will be as interactive as our phone and tablet experiences presently are (Deep Nishar, SVP of Product @ LinkedIn)
    • Even traditionally B2B businesses will need to shift towards end-consumer centric product design to compete in mobile channels (Dave Goldberg, CEO @ SurveyMoney and husband of Sheryl Sandberg)


  • E-Commerce Usability
    • Monetization of mobile experiences is essential beyond display advertising, but it needs to be frictionless.
    • “Back End” payment processing is still by and large in need of innovation, despite interesting attempts to create a frictionless UI/UX (Patrick Collison, CEO @ Stripe – he was a millionaire at 19, started Stripe as his 3rd company at 23)


  • Content Discovery + Disruption
    • Rich media is being replaced by rich content, which means an elegant fusion of User-generated content and Professional copy. It’s not just about interacting anymore, it’s about engaging and connecting to content. (Mark Young, VP of Mobile Strategy & Business Development, Mobile & Emerging Platforms @ NBCUniversal)
    • The new advertising media model is a seamless, organic integration of frictionless ads, branded content and context-sensitive experience embedded in mobile applications (Dave Martin, SVP of Media @ Ignited)
    • Gaming and Social Networking are the two largest engagement methods on mobile devices; 19 of the 20 top grossing iOS apps are one of these two (Bart Decrem, SVP and GM @ Disney Mobile)
    • 3 key performance indicators for the success of mobile advertising are: Vanity (Brand awareness/impressions), Buzz (Peer-to-Peer metrics), Revenue (Monetization strategy). 


  • Mobile Monetization
    • 2 pioneering ideas for monetizing mobile experiences: (Bill Gross, CEO/Founder @ IdeaLab and UberMedia)
      • Dynamic Advertising  – ad retargeting based not just on what sites a user visit, but what they do on those sites and who they are as people, as inferred by advanced analytics often social in nature
      • Conquesting – advertising to people visiting or thinking about one’s competition, leveraging dynamic advertising and “sociolocal – social/location”. Imagine if you were eating at a restaurant, and a competitor across the street was able to advertise a free dessert to you for after your meal, in the form of a digital ad or text message sent to you if they were aware you were nearby… 


Other topics discussed included:

  • Gaming and the Multi-Screen Experience
  • The New (Mobile) Enterprise
  • Next Generation Mobile Devices and Services – there are no more mobile monopolies, everyone must continue to innovate and execute!!! (Kevin Packingham, Chief Product Officer @ Samsung Telecom)
  • Location as the New Frontier in Mobile Tech – this data, if properly acquired and analyzed, can yield extremely strong insights into end user behavior, interests and most importantly intentions
  • Investing in Mobile — VCs will not be looking to invest in companies looking to be the “X” company for the “Y” space (i.e. the new Instagram for birdwatchers), they’d rather take shots on disruptive ideas, and Mobile-first is not the same thing as Mobile-only
  • The Native Application Economy – this is where the money is going to come from in mobile, one way or another, cause this is where users spend the majority of their mobile time and where high engagement correlates strongest with revenue generated

All in all, the conference was a remarkable experience and networking opportunity – had the great pleasure of meeting past and present clients (including an old hiring manager of mine from LA!), as well as get some talk time with the leaders of companies that may become future customers! As well it was great to know what these business insiders (no pun intended) consider to be the future of this amazing, highly disruptive mobile technology emergence – should certainly provide some great content to provide to our networks. If anyone wants to learn more about what was discussed at this conferences and some of the insights we were able to garner – feel free to call me at x3702 anytime!

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