Illinois and New Jersey Enact Salary History Bans

August 12, 2019

Illinois and New Jersey have joined the growing list of municipalities and states that prohibit employers from asking job applicants about salary history. The days of the “one size fits all” employment application have come to an end. As federal, state, and local governments increasingly heighten employer hiring process requirements, national employers must be diligent to avoid getting tripped up by the varying rules across different locations. Specifically, three areas may expose employers to liability if asked about on employment applications: "ban the box" laws, salary/compensation history bans, and medical inquiries.