A great number of Philadelphia’s workers’ rights advocates got a new found respect in 2017 for the Brotherly Love term that is tied to the city. In January 23rd, Mayor Jim Kenney signed a law that barred private sector employers from asking salary history of the candidates. This law went on to make Philly the 1st city in the US to hold such a unique law. Despite this law being put in place, the transition, just like any new law, it faced its challenges. With just a few weeks before the new law taking force, legal challenges regarding the law’s alleged unconstitutional nature were tabled by the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia. This law was put in place to aid in closing the gap in wages between Pennsylvania’s men and women, as stated by the Society for Human Resource Management. The new law saw that the employers cannot get the candidates’ salary information without the candidates’ consent. It also ensured that they cannot ask the candidate to share their salary details from the last job, outlawed employers from putting applicant salary history as a requirement for employment and also punishing any applicant that does not avail their salary information.
According to how the law is written, it shall affect employers that have headquarters outside Philadelphia as it is directed to any person or entity doing business in Philadelphia even if they have 3rd parties handling the business in Philly as their employees. Anyone not going by this law is expected to face a 2,000 dollar fine for every instance that occurs. One of the companies that were not agreeable to the law was Comcast Communications which made threats of taking the city of Philly to court with claims that its First Amendment rights were being challenged. Regardless, the court of Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled in favor of keeping the law thanks to the filing made by Chamber of Commerce seeking a preliminary injunction on April 6th, 2017.
Karl Heideck, since 2015, has been a Hire Counsel-listed attorney. Karl provides employers with compliance as well as well as risk management services. Karl Heideck is also a renowned blogger in a well-known blog that assists the people of Pennsylvania to get a grip on the inner workings of the law.
Karl Heideck attended the James E. Beasley School of Law at Temple University where he gained his law degree in 2009. He also earned his undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College in 2003.