In a move designed to protect the rights of local residents and decrease discrimination against women in the workforce, on March 13, Cincinnati adopted an ordinance prohibiting employers from asking about or relying on the prior salary history of prospective employees in deciding starting pay.
This also ensures that job hunters are offered positions and compensation based on their level of experience and expected job responsibilities rather than relying on prior salary histories.
In addition to the salary inquiry ban, upon reasonable request from an applicant who has received a conditional offer of employment, an employer must provide the pay scale for the position offered.
The salary history ban goes into effect 365 days after the ordinance becomes a law. To read more about it and what companies should do to prepare, visit National Law Review.