It’s official: New York City is now the latest entity to forbid hiring companies of any kind—including urgent care centers—from asking prospective employees how much money they made in previous positions. Though it won’t take effect until October, a bill to that effect was signed into effect just last week. The intent is to help close the gap in average salary between male and female workers. The rationale is that anyone who made less money at a previous job is more likely to make less money at a new job; since women tend to earn lower salaries than men regardless of holding a position of equal responsibility, this phenomenon affects them more than it would men. Urgent care employers in the Big Apple should ensure any forms they ask job applicants to fill out are revised to reflect the new law before October.
Note to Urgent Care Operators: No More Salary History Questions in New York City