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April 4 2018

Salary History Question Off Limits on Job Applications: What Should Employers Do to Stay Compliant?

California recently joined a growing number of cities and states to pass a law that bans salary history questions.

Prompted by concerns about gender- and race-based wage discrimination, the law is designed to prevent employers from using past compensation as a basis for current salary and benefits negotiations with job applicants. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), 7,050 equal pay discrimination charges were filed against employers over a six-year time span.

Employers can ensure compliance by removing all questions relating to salary history from job applications, revising screening and interviewing methods, and training hiring managers to ask the right questions.