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While there are only a few days left before the New York City Salary History Inquiry Ban goes into effect, Talener has been preparing for its enforcement for the past several months.

In May, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an amendment into law barring employers or staffing agencies in New York City from asking candidates for their compensation history.  Likewise, those who represent companies with jobs based in New York City will be prohibited from asking candidates about their compensation history.  This includes base, bonuses, equity, etc.

In an open letter, Talener CEO, Michael Dsupin addressed the true intent of this law: closing the wage gap by ending perpetual underpayment that may follow someone throughout their career.  Beyond compliance and words of support, Talener has taken strides to embrace the law by exceeding requirements – applying it to the entire company, beyond New York City.

The following steps are being implemented across all six Talener offices:

  • Talener has introduced a company-wide policy to no longer ask candidates about their compensation history
  • Training is being provided to employees to ensure they fully understand this policy
  • Talener employees have read and agreed to upholding our policy of no longer asking about or recording past compensation history
  • Digital and print brochures outlining the law and our internal policy are available to all clients and candidates in our offices or upon request
  • Brochures geared at candidates explain why they should not disclose their compensation history to us at any point in the interviewing process
  • In the case that a candidate accidentally brings up their compensation history, Talener will inform them that this information will not be recorded or used
  • A time and date-stamped note will be added to Talener’s applicant tracking system in the event that a candidate does disclose their compensation
  • Compensation history that is already known (past candidates / past placements) will not be shared or used

We will continue to prepare and educate our staff, clients, and candidates about the steps we are taking to be compliant with the law.  But ultimately, Talener is embracing inclusive hiring practices and the value of closing the wage gap that this law addresses.


For more information about the law or to learn more about the steps we have taken, please contact us.

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