Salary History Bill Passes Assembly Labor Committee, Awaits Final Legislative Approval

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 passed the Assembly Labor Committee (6-2-1) on Thursday. The Senate’s companion bill (S559) passed the upper chamber (28-10) last March.

The measure is expected to receive final legislative approval along partisan lines and be signed into law by the governor.

Intended to promote pay equity, 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 when 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.