California to Ban Salary History Inquiries

Last week, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law AB 168, banning employers from inquiring into an applicant’s salary history to determine the applicant’s suitability for hire. The new law applies to all employers, including state and local governments.

The law also requires an employer, “upon reasonable request, to provide the pay scale for a position to an applicant for employment.”

It does not prohibit an applicant from voluntarily disclosing salary history information. If an applicant does voluntarily disclose such information, an employer may consider it in determining salary for the applicant.

The new law takes effect on January 1, 2018.

The following jurisdictions have passed similar laws. For details, contact your Employers Council representative.