A new law that prohibits employers from asking about salary history took effect on January 6th. Under the law New York employers cannot request that job applicants provide wage or salary history as a condition of employment. In addition, current employees do not have to provide their salary history from any outside employees. The law also prohibits seeking similar information from other sources. The purpose of the law is to address the gender pay gap and follows a series of pay equity hearings the Department of Labor held across the state.