ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) -- Two new pay equity laws go into effect in the state of New York today.

The new laws prohibit unequal pay on the basis of a protected class for all substantially similar work and forbid employers from asking prospective employees about their salary history. Governor Cuomo also called on businesses in New York to conduct internal reviews of their pay policies and make adjustments as necessary in accordance with these laws.

"Although New York has among the lowest gender wage gaps in the nation, the disparity still exists," Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said. "We are committed to closing the gap once and for all in New York, and these new pay equity laws bring us closer to ensuring equality and fairness for all women. We have made significant progress, but we will not rest until every woman is receiving equal pay for equal work."

The news measures build on two executive orders signed by Cuomo last year to eliminate the wage gap by prohibiting state entities from evaluating candidates based on wage history and requiring state contractors to disclose data on the gender, race, and ethnicity of employees, leveraging taxpayer dollars to drive transparency and advance pay equity statewide.