Karl Heideck is a Philadelphia metro area based lawyer with over 8 years of experience who specializes in general law. He recently drew from his years of expertise to weigh in on Philadelphia’s new salary law.
On Phillypurge.com, Heideck discussed the new salary law and the legal hurdles it faced. Mayor Jim Kerney signed a new law on Jan 23 of 2017 that prohibits employers from asking about a potential employee’s salary history. Despite how controversial this law has become, Karl Heideck helps explain the purpose of the law and why the judicial system supports it.
The law is designed to help close the wage gap between men and women. It is also designed to help encourage employers to pay their new employees based on what they are worth and what they can afford to pay, rather than by the lowest amount new employees will accept.
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The controversy over the new salary law comes from large corporations like Comcast Communications, who are not based in Philadelphia but are still affected by the new law. The law still applies to them, because they do business in Philly.
Comcast threatened to file a lawsuit on the grounds that the law violated their first amendment rights. The law was challenged by the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, but after a short stay on the law, the lawsuit was dismissed. The courts decided that there was little evidence to prove that the new salary law would hurt businesses.
In 2009, Karl Heideck earned his law degree from the James E. Beasley School of Law at Temple University and has been practicing law in the Philadelphia area. In addition to working as a hire counsel attorney since 2015, he also runs a popular law blog. In his blog, he helps ordinary citizens understand different laws and how they are affected by them.