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Washington State Enacts Salary History Ban

Hire Image reports that, effective July 28, 2019, Washington employers with 15 or more employees are prohibited from asking applicants or their current or former employers about their prior wages or salaries.  Employers are also prohibited from requiring an applicant’s prior wage or salary history meet certain criteria.  Employers can confirm an applicant’s prior salary if the applicant voluntarily discloses the information or after the employer has made an offer of employment, with compensation.

Additionally, if the applicant requests, the new law requires an employer to provide the wage scale or salary range for the position for which the applicant is applying, after an offer has been made.  This requirement includes internal transfers and promotions.  If no wage scale or salary exists for the position, the employer must provide the salary expectation prior to posting.

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