George Ziemer
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Ban Salary History!!

So Mass just passed a Salary History ban prohibiting employers to ask about wages and salaries earned from past jobs. I added the article I found online today below so you can check it out. My question is how does this really affect the diversity employment bias? Are the salary questions only excluded from job applications or are the background and reference checks also part of the ban? Is this a good thing? http://www.forbes.com/sites/lizryan/2016/08/01/will-massachusetts-start-a-trend-banning-employers-from-requiring-salary-history/#75102237a1c9

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Mariah Bliss

Wow, that's super interesting!

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nancy pekala

Amen to this! This salary ban is so needed and it should be adopted by every state! However, I don't know that ultimately it will help. I have experienced this question over and over and over again. Today, in face, I had a phone interview with a recruiter. He asked the "past salary" question. He was a third-party recruiter so I asked him directly why he was asking the question. He hemmed and hawed and tripped over the question but the bottom line was that he said the client required certain information from all candidates (just because they do) and that candidates could not move forward unless they provided the info. I ended up providing him the range of salary from a previous employer but let him know there is no connection between a job another employer in another industry at another time paid me for a different job. He was sheepish and agreed but the bottom line is candidates are faced with a choice: either give in to this unfair requirement or make a decision to lose out on the opportunity. Maybe this Massachusetts ban will be the start of a new trend. I sure hope so.

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Jeffrey MacManus

Nancy...you couldn't be more correct in your evaluation of this topic. I have had HR people come right out and tell me that they couldn't match my former salary. Usually, it's because I was overqualified for the job, or because I'm now 58 yrs old and they are reluctant to hire someone my age...but that's a separate issue altogether.

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