Karl Heideck is an attorney who consistently writes on the legal developments of Philadelphia. His dedication to educating the residents and business people is evident in his blogs. In one of his recent works, he explains the new Salary History Law, the court’s decision, the challenges it poses and the compliance challenges. The law seeks to outlaw inquiries of salary history by employers in the private sector. Philadelphia is the first city in the US to adopt such a law that aims to close the wage gap between males and females in the City. The law affects enterprises that do business in the city even those with headquarters in other cities.
The chamber of commerce for greater Philadelphia challenged the law in court on the grounds of unconstitutionality. They filed a motion seeking a preliminary injunction, and the suit was dismissed as there was no proof that a chamber member would suffer harm. The court however granted the Chamber leave to amend the complaint. On the other hand, the City has prolonged the implementation of the law, and they seem to be willing to listen to the Chamber’s complaints.
If the law becomes active, the businesses will need to reassess their hiring policies and practices and revise interviewer scripts and application forms. The employers may also find other ways of getting salary history such as where a candidate lived or through job listings. However, companies breaking the law are liable to a penalty of $2000 per instance.
Karl Heideck has over ten years experience as a litigation attorney. His areas of specialty include representation in corporate law, employment proceedings, product liability and compliance consulting and risk management. The Swarthmore College alumnus worked as a project attorney at Pepper Hamilton LLP. He gained experience in post-trial, pretrial and personal jurisdiction areas as his work entailed trial preparation and quality control to meet ethical and professional standards.
As an associate at Conrad O’Brien, he facilitated settlement negotiations, represented clients in commercial litigations and wrote analytical memoranda. As a contract attorney, at Grant and Eisenhower PA, he reviews discovery materials for fraud and banking and securities litigation. The James E. Beasley School of law graduate is committed to making the Philly people understand the law.
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