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Employers will soon be banned from asking about your salary history in job interviews

Samantha Marcus | July 25, 2019 | NJ Advance Media |


You know that awkward moment: You’re filling out an application for employment and there’s a space left blank for your salary history. Or you’ve just crushed a job interview and your prospective employer asks, “How much are you making now?”

Say too much and you may never get past the initial screening. Say too little and you could be boxed into a lower wage.

No more.

New Jersey Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver just signed a bill making it illegal to ask job applicants for their salary history, information that experts say perpetuates wage discrimination against women and minorities. Oliver is serving as acting governor while Phil Murphy is vacationing overseas.

The new law, which takes effect in six months, prohibits employers from requesting applicants’ salary, commission or benefits history during the hiring process. If you want to volunteer the information, you can, but it will be illegal for the employer to hold it against you if you don’t.


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