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One Question That You Can’t Ask Job Applicants
In an effort to continue working toward closing the gender wage gap, more states are enacting laws that prevent an employer from asking a candidate or applicant for compensation history.
Delaware is the most recent state to sign a law (effective December 2017) restricting employers from asking for compensation history. They can however, consider a candidate’s salary history should the applicant share that information voluntarily. It will still be legal for employers to share the salary range of the positions they are hiring for, and to ask a candidate what their desired salary range is.
This new law also protects companies from being held responsible if a representative, such as a third-party recruiter, should unlawfully request salary information from an applicant or candidate. Additionally, employers will still be allowed to request salary history from an applicant after an offer has already been extended and accepted, but only to confirm their history.
The rationale behind such laws is that when no salary history is disclose