Tech Giants Stop Asking for Salary History, Everywhere in U.S.

Reproduced with permission from Daily Labor Report, 245 DLR 12 (Dec. 22, 2017). Copyright 2017 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033)

Bloomberg BNA, Daily Labor Report, Dec 21, 2017

By Martin Berman-Gorvine

Google, Facebook, and Cisco are among the employers in Silicon Valley that on Jan. 1 won’t be allowed to ask job applicants about their salary history. The companies say they’re not just going to do this in California—they’re applying it nationwide to all job applicants.

California’s law (A.B. 168), which takes effect Jan. 1 as the latest of a trend of such state and local laws, prohibits employers from asking what job candidates made in the past and using that information to help determine their salary offer. The candidates may choose to disclose their salary history voluntarily, however, and in that case the employers may use that information to come up with an offer. Also, employers are required to provide job applicants with a pay scale upon request.

“We are going to be stopping asking about salary history in offices across the U.S.,” a Facebook spokesperson told Bloomberg Law, calling the enactment of the California law “a national opportunity” to change company policy and make it uniform for recruiters.

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