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Reminder to Kansas City Employers: Salary History Ban Effective October 31, 2019

Effective October 31, 2019, Kansas City employers with six or more employees are prohibited from:

  • Asking about the salary history of an applicant for employment;
  • Screening applicants based on their current or prior wages, benefits, other compensation, or salary histories;
  • Relying on the salary history of an applicant in deciding whether to offer employment or in determining the salary, benefits, or other compensation for such applicant during the hiring process; or
  • Refuse to hire or retaliate against an applicant for not disclosing his or her salary history.

An employer may; however, engage in discussion with an applicant about salary, benefits, and other compensation expectations.  The above prohibitions do not apply to applicants for internal transfer or promotion; a voluntary disclosure by the applicant regarding his or her salary history; any attempt by the employer to verify the applicant’s non-salary information or conducting a background check that shows salary history (as long as the employer does not rely upon that information in determining salary); and certain positions.

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