Are interview questions about salary history off-limits?

The California Legislature is currently considering a bill that would prohibit employers from asking prospective hires about their prior salary. Similar legislation was vetoed by Governor Edmund G. Brown in 2015 and removed from California's Fair Pay Act, which was enacted in 2016. However, Massachusetts, New York City, and Philadelphia have recently enacted legislation banning salary history questions as part of a growing nationwide effort to decrease pay disparities between women and men. Here are some tips on how to tackle this thorny issue and some broader guidelines to help you address pay disparity issues (and avoid the potential litigation that may result).

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