Banning Salary History: One Step Toward Establishing Pay Equity

Anyone who has ever completed a job application remembers the dreaded portion requesting salary history. It was a trap, really, as potential employers were able to contact the former jobs of their applicants and request that history themselves. So even if you desired more money, it was nearly impossible to request that without contractual pushback.…

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Federal Court Rules Philly’s Salary History Ban Is Constitutional

In 2017, the City of Philadelphia sought to join numerous states and localities in addressing pay disparities tied to gender and race/ethnicity. The City enacted the Wage Equity Ordinance, which contains a salary history ban with two prongs. First, employers in Philadelphia could no longer request salary information from applicants (the “Inquiry Prong”). Second, employers…

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South Carolina Pay Equity Bill Under Consideration

South Carolina Pay Equity Bill Under Consideration

South Carolina state legislators are considering a bill that, if passed, would be the first to bolster all of the protections of the federal Equal Pay Act. The proposed bill, “An Act to Establish Pay Equity,” asserts that South Carolina has one of the largest pay gaps in the nation. A 2017 study from the…

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California’s New Salary History Ban Is Signed into Law

With the signing into law of bill AB 2282 by Governor Jerry Brown, California continues to take an aggressive stance towards achieving the goal of equal pay for all workers, regardless of gender, race, or ethnicity. The new law amends the existing state salary history ban which came into effect January 1, 2018 (AB 168).…

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More States and Cities Banning Salary History Inquiries [UPDATE]

More States and Cities Banning Salary History Inquiries

It’s an unfortunate truth that pay disparities continue to exist in the U.S. workforce. The good news is that we are moving towards a future that is correcting that issue. Over the last two years, in an effort to alleviate the pay disparity between men and women across the U.S., some state,county and local governments…

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California Continues to Map the Frontier of Pay Equity

In the absence of federal legislative activity addressing pay equity, states continue to take matters into their own hands. (See my blog on the federal Paycheck Fairness Act here). Few states are as proactive as California. With three new bills passing the Senate and Assembly in June, the Golden State aims to tackle various elements…

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