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Trend to prohibit salary inquiries may create compliance concerns

A number of jurisdictions across the U.S. are enacting legislation that restricts employers from asking about salary histories.


resource thumbnailA growing number of jurisdictions across the U.S. are proposing and enacting legislation that restricts employers from asking applicants and employees about salary histories. Lawmakers are increasingly seeing the ban as a positive step towards closing the gender and racial wage gap.

By prohibiting employers from attempting to base a new employee's salary on what they were previously paid, lawmakers are hoping to relieve the pay disparities that have historically affected women and minorities from the onset of their careers.

These laws are very recent. If your organization currently asks applicants for salary history information, ensure that you are compliant with the newly enacted salary history bans.