The Governor has signed AB 168 by Assemblymember Susan Eggman (D-Stockton) which prohibits all employers, including state and local governments, from seeking salary history information about an applicant for employment. The law also requires an employer to provide the pay scale for a position to an applicant upon reasonable request. According to the author, “The practice of seeking or requiring the salary history of job applicants helps perpetuate wage inequality that has spanned generations of women in the workforce.”
- This law takes effect on January 1, 2018 and expressly applies to “all employers, including state and local government employers and the Legislature.” (See Labor Code section 432.3(f).)
- Many public employers have job applications that request an applicant’s salary history. Those applications will need to be amended to remove such requests before January 1, 2018.