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On October 12, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 168 (AB 168) and joined other states, cities, and municipalities in banning inquiries into the salary history of prospective applicants. AB 168 prohibits employers in California from seeking the salary history information of a prospective applicant. AB 168 will go into effect on January 1, 2018.

A Recent Trend in Employment Law

In recent years, the gender pay gap has become a hot topic on the national stage. Several states, including Delaware, Massachusetts, and Oregon, have passed similar laws to AB 168. Certain cities have also joined the growing trend with Philadelphia, New York City, and San Francisco all banning salary history inquiries.

Two years ago, Governor Brown signed into law SB 358 to strengthen California’s Equal Pay Act to require equal pay for “substantially similar” work and last year, Governor Brown signed AB 1676, which mandated that salary history alone could not be used to justify pay inequalities.