Karl Heideck is an attorney in Philadelphia who assists employers with risk management and compliance services. He is also the author of a blog that helps employers understand work laws.
Karl Heideck earned his law degree from James E. Beasley School of Law at Temple University, graduating in 2010. Karl Heideck helps to analyze the following ordinance to help to understand why the judge won’t stop the new Philadelphia salary law. The proposed law and actions against it is cited in the next few paragraphs.
A new law protecting workers’ rights was signed by Mayor Jim Kenney, of Philadelphia, on January 23, 2017. This law made it illegal for employers (in the private sector) to inquire about employees past wage history, Philadelphia being the first city in the U.S. to enact such a law. However, there were legalities to be worked through, that were brought forward by the Chamber of Commerce, claiming the new law was unconstitutional.
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This ordinance was originally intended to close the wage gap between male and female employees. The following was barred for employers to inquire of new employees; to use individual salary data about a new hire without their knowledge, asking employees to share their past salary amount, make it mandatory they reveal past salaries in order to be hired, or to punish or retaliate against employees for failing to reveal salaries.
This ordinance applies to anyone doing business in Philadelphia, regardless of third party (employee) participation, and failing to comply could result in a $2,000 fine being imposed on them.
When Comcast Communication threatened legal action, the Chamber of Commerce filed for an injunction on April 6, 2017, just a few weeks shy of the late May effective date of the new ordinance.
Karl Heideck is a litigation attorney working “Hire Counsel” a company working to assist legal teams with litigation throughout the U.S. He has experience working in several fields of law, such as commercial, civil, corporate and employment law, just to name a few. So it isn’t any wonder why the City of Philadelphia is asking his input on this case about employment law.
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