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Reminder to Connecticut and Hawaii Employers: Salary History Bans Effective January 1st, 2019


Effective January 1, 2019, Hawaii employers are prohibited from asking applicants about their prior compensation history. This law covers a broad range of employers (as long as they have at least one employee in the state, they are subject to the law), as well as employment agencies and agents.  Specifically, employers may not inquire about, nor rely on, an applicant’s “current or prior wage, benefits, or other compensation.” Employers are also prohibited from searching public records or reports to ascertain an applicant’s salary history. However, employers may discuss an applicant’s compensation expectations for the job without violating the law.

Full text of the Hawaii law.


Effective January 01, 2019, employers are prohibited from asking (directly or through a third party) about a prospective employee’s wage and salary history unless the prospective employee volunteers the information. Employers are not prohibited from inquiring about other elements of a prospective employee’s compensation structure, as long as such employer does not inquire about the value of the elements of such compensation structure;

Full text of the Connecticut law.

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