Benefits and Compensation

Federal Bill Would Prohibit Salary History Questions

Federal lawmakers introduced a bill September 14 that would prohibit all employers from asking about a job applicant’s salary history.

Massachusetts adopted similar legislation just a few weeks ago and California and New York City may soon follow.

The bill, H.R. 6030, is known as the Pay Equity for All Act of 2016 and would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to make it illegal to ask an applicant to disclose information about his or her previous compensation.

The legislation is aimed at eliminating “the wage gap that women and people of color often encounter,” according to the office of the bill’s sponsor, Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC).

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