This is an update for all clients of our Firm that have offices or operations in New York City. Effective October 31, 2017, it is illegal for public and private employers of any size in New York City to ask job applicant’s salary history during the hiring process. Same requirement applies to advertisements for positions, on applications, or job interviews. This newly promulgated ban prohibits all employers from inquiring about past compensation, including salary, bonuses and benefits. It further bars employers from conducting searches of public records for the purpose of obtaining salary history. The new regulation makes it illegal to rely on salary history in determining what salary and/or benefits to offer applicants.