Another State Bans Salary History Questions

Asking job applicants about salary history will soon be a thing of the past in Oregon.  According to this article, last week, the Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017 was signed into law by Governor Kate Brown after gaining unanimous support in both the state’s Senate and House. The law amends Oregon’s existing equal pay laws by eliminating an employer’s right to use or consider past wages in hiring and compensation decisions. The only instance where past wages can be referenced is if the individual is transferring into a new role within the same company.  The law also makes it illegal to cut a current employee’s wages to comply with state’s already robust equal pay standards. Employers will have until January 1, 2019 to comply with the new rules.