Salary History Bill on Thursday’s Assembly Labor Committee Agenda

Legislation (A1094) that would prohibit an employer from asking about or considering an applicant’s wage or salary history when considering them for employment or negotiating an offer of employment is slated for consideration by the Assembly Labor Committee on Thursday. It is intended to promote pay equity.

The Senate’s companion bill (S559) passed the upper chamber (28-10) on March 26.

More than 20 states are considering similar bills according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. New York City, Massachusetts, and Philadelphia have all passed laws to prohibit employers from asking about salary history.

The legislation failed final enactment during the previous legislature when then Gov. Chris Christie vetoed it. It is one of a list of workplace measures that candidate Phil Murphy pledged to support while campaigning for governor. Several of those measures including the minimum wage increase, mandatory paid sick leave, and expansion of the state’s paid family leave law and have already been signed into law.