On October 12, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown approved AB 168, a law that prohibits all California employers from requesting potential employees’ salary history, including previous compensation and benefits. The law has been effective since January 1, 2018.
Additional US states and cities including Delaware, Oregon, Massachusetts, New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh have also prohibited employers from inquiring about salary history.
With the law in effect, all applicants and candidates in the areas listed above are free to voluntary disclose their salary history if they desire, but it is not a requirement.
Below are articles from several publications to provide more information about AB 168.