California Governor Jerry Brown signed several bills in October, two of which focus on the information employers can obtain from potential job applicants. AB 168 makes it unlawful for California employers to obtain or rely upon an applicant’s salary history to determine job eligibility and/or salary. It does not, however, prohibit a job applicant from voluntarily and without prompting disclosing to a prospective employer his or her salary history. AB 1008 prohibits employers in the state with five or more employees from including any question that seeks the disclosure of an applicant’s conviction history or inquiring into or considering an applicant’s conviction history prior to providing that applicant with a conditional offer of employment.

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