November 15, 2017

Graphic - Salary question

It’s the one question on a job application that can really put you at odds.

“What’s your current salary?”

It’s a tough one to answer. You don’t want to get cheated because of how little you made at your last job, but you also don’t want employers to assume that your salary expectations will be too high for the position you applied for.

Well, the new salary law in New York, San Francisco, and other parts of the U.S. is hoping to resolve a portion of this problem.

Under the new salary law, employers are no longer allowed to include questions about current and previous salaries on the job application. They also are no longer allowed to ask previous employers about prior salaries, or search public records or databases to acquire previous salary information. They are, however, still allowed to ask about salary expectations.

The new salary law (in theory) is supposed to help decrease the pay gap between men and women, and stop employers from pre-judging applicants based on their previous salary.

On the other end, this law may not be so good for those looking to move into a position that pays less than their current role, as they may no longer have a good reason to request a high-paying salary in a statistically low-paying position.

What are your thoughts on the legislation? Do you think it’s good or bad? Leave your comments below!

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