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California Bans Salary History Inquiries for Job Applicants

MSK Client Alert
October 13, 2017

On October 12, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a significant piece of employment legislation that prohibits California employers from asking job applicants about their salary histories.  The new law will take effect on January 1, 2018.

Assembly Bill 168, which adds section 432.3 to the California Labor Code, is intended to promote equal pay, particularly between men and women.  It prohibits all California employers (including state and local government employers and the state Legislature) from

In addition, the new law obligates an employer “upon reasonable request” to provide “the pay scale for a position to an applicant applying for employment.” (The bill does not address whether an employer must establish a pay scale for all positions, and many employers do not have formal pay scales, particularly for higher level positions).

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