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.