Don't HR Alone #2 - Drug Usage Up, Living Wage Changes

Consumer prices. The CPI-W increased 0.3 percent in April before seasonal adjustment. The index level of 238.432 was 2.1 percent higher than in April 2016. The CPI-U also rose 0.3 percent in April before seasonal adjustment. The index level of 244.524 was 2.2 percent higher than in April 2016.

Equal pay. On May 4, 2017, a new law was enacted in New York City that bars public and private employers from inquiring about or relying on a job applicant’s salary history when determining his or her salary during the hiring process (including the negotiation of a contract). Employers may, however, discuss with job applicants their expectations about salary, benefits, and other compensation. Also, where an applicant voluntarily and without prompting discloses salary history, the employer may consider it to determine salary, benefits, and other compensation for the applicant, and may verify that salary history. The new local law applies only to new hires — not to internal candidates for transfer or promotion.

Also, under Executive Order 161, state employers in New York may not ask or mandate that applicants provide their current compensation or history of prior compensation until the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. Once a conditional offer has been extended, the state entity may request and verify compensation information. Also, if prior compensation is known, it may not be relied on to determine salary, unless required by law or a collective bargaining agreement.

The two measures are aimed at halting the cycle of suppressed wages for women and people of color.

Local living wages. Georgia law currently prohibits local government entities from mandating a wage rate or employment benefit that i