senate Bill S51

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Prohibits employers from seeking salary history from prospective employees

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Archive: Last Bill Status - Stricken

  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 20, 2019 recommit, enacting clause stricken
Jan 09, 2019 referred to investigations and government operations


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S51 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §296, Exec L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2015-2016: S6342
2017-2018: S24

S51 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Prohibits employers from seeking salary history from prospective employees; establishes a public awareness campaign.

S51 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S51 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K


                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E


                             January 9, 2019

  RIVERA, SANDERS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to
  be  committed  to the Committee on Investigations and Government Oper-

AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to prohibiting  employers
  from seeking salary history from prospective employees


  Section 1. Legislative intent.  The legislature hereby finds that  New
York should lead the nation in preventing wage discrimination.
  The  wage  gap  between  men  and  women is one of the oldest and most
persistent effects of inequality between the sexes in the United States.
  The 1963 Equal Pay Act and the 1964 Civil Rights  Act  in  the  United
States established the legal right to equal pay for equal work and equal
opportunity. Yet half a century later, women are still subjected to wage
gaps and paid less then men.
  The  concept  of  comparable worth attacks the problem of gender-based
wage discrimination by mandating  that  jobs  characterized  by  similar
levels of education, skill, effort, responsibilities, and working condi-
tions  be compensated at similar wage levels regardless of the gender of
the worker holding the job.
  The goal of pay equity is to raise the wages for undervalued jobs held
predominantly by women.   Today, women make  only  77  cents  per  every
dollar  earned  by  a  man for a comparable job, a gender wage gap of 23
  This translates into thousands of dollars of lost wages each year  for
each  female worker, money that helps them feed their families, save for
a college education and afford decent and safe housing.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.


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