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California Bans Employers From Asking About Salary History, Effective 1/1/2018

Friday, October 13, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Governor Brown signed  AB168 (Salary History) into law on 10/12/17, effective 1/1/2018:

 
Calif. Bans Employers From Asking About Salary History
AB 168 California employers can no longer ask prospective workers about their salary history under a new law Gov. Jerry Brown signed on Thursday that supporters say will help close the gender wage gap.
 
 The law prohibits all employers — including state and local governments — from seeking salary history information about an applicant, either personally or through an intermediary. Employers will also be required to provide applicants with a pay scale for the relevant position upon request.
 
 The bill was sent to Brown's desk in September after passing the state Assembly with a 57-15 vote and the Senate with a 27-10 vote. AB 168 was one of eight newly passed proposals Brown signed on Thursday at an event with the California Legislative Women's Caucus.
 
Federal Legislative Update
SBHRA understands there are bills on the Hill circulating to put the cap on contributions an employee can make to a defined contribution retirement plan (401(k), 403(b), etc.).  Mandated shifts in systems from 401(k) & ROTH for tax benefits for US Treasury revenue generation would definitely do the opposite of what employee benefits are intended to do by helping our talent to take responsibility for their own retirement security.  With increasing Boomer demographics, these benefits are needed even more so now.  

Please note SBHRA will continue to be a resource to our legislators so that when these bills come across their desks, we can provide input on what impacts employers and employees in our district.


Susie Couture, PHR, SHRM-CP
Legislative Advocacy Chair
Santa Barbara HR Association (SBHRA)


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