Showing Posts In "Salary History Checking" Category





HR’s Game plan for Handling the Salary History Question

Although in years past, a candidate’s income information was used to create a compensation package that an applicant would accept, hiring managers are no longer able to access this confidential information. Pay disparity has brought the subject to light and bans on requesting salary information work to close the gender pay gap. As of February […]


City of Columbia, SC Clarifies Coverage of Criminal Records and Salary History Ordinance

The City of Columbia, South Carolina, enacted an ordinance last year that appeared to require substantial changes to private employers’ criminal record and salary history inquiry practices, but various portions of the ordinance suggested that the City had actually not intended to cover private employers. As a result of an overwhelming amount of attention, the […]


Court Revives Philadelphia’s Salary History Ban

A salary history ban in Philadelphia will prevent employers from asking job applicants about how much they are paid or setting new salaries based on pay history. The laws, which are becoming more commonplace across the country, aim to reduce pay inequality among gender and racial lines by reducing the chance that unfair past pay […]


NY State Issues Guidance on Salary History Inquires

According to guidance issued by the New York Department of Labor, the ban on salary history inquiries covers not only the most recent salary or pay rate the applicant received from a prior employer, but any information about prior compensation and benefits. It also prohibits an employer from relying on an applicant’s salary history information […]


Salary History Ban State Guide

Read more


Salary History Questions Are Now Banned in New York

Since early January, New York employers have been prohibited from inquiring about an applicant’s prior salary. Applying to all public and private employers within New York state and covering applicants and employees who have taken an affirmative step to seek full-time, part-time, or temporary/seasonal employment with an employer, the law does not apply to independent […]


What is Past is Prologue: The Ninth Circuit Again Rules That Prior Salary Cannot Justify Pay Differences

In February, the Ninth Circuit issued a decision in Rizo v. Yovino, holding that the prior salary cannot be used as a “factor other than sex” to justify pay differences under the federal Equal Pay Act. With the Feb. 27 ruling, the Ninth Circuit joined the Tenth and Eleventh Circuits in holding that the Equal […]


Court Revives Philadelphia’s Salary History Ban

A salary history ban in Philadelphia will prevent employers from asking job applicants about how much they are paid or setting new salaries based on pay history. The laws, which are becoming more commonplace across the country, aim to reduce pay inequality among gender and racial lines by reducing the chance that unfair past pay […]


Maine and Cincinnati (Ohio) Join the Growing List of Jurisdictions Banning Salary History Inquiries

Maine and Cincinnati now prohibit employers from making salary history inquiries of potential employees. In Maine, “An Act Regarding Pay Equality” prohibits employers from using, inquiring about or confirming an applicant’s compensation history until after an offer of employment has been negotiated and made, and the offer must include all terms of compensation. Although some […]


Washington Amends Its Equal Pay Law to Enact Salary History Ban and Require Disclosure of Salary Ranges

Washington has become the third state on the Pacific Coast to pass legislation prohibiting employers’ inquiries into applicant salary history. Governor Jay Inslee recently signed House Bill 1696, which claims to be “an additional step towards gender equality.” The state previously expanded its equal pay law in March 2018 when it passed the Equal Pay […]




Subscribe to our Publications