4 Easy Changes Your Organization Can Make Regarding the New Illinois Salary Law
A law was recently passed in Illinois prohibiting companies from asking job applicants about their salary history during the hiring process. When this law goes into effect on September 29, 2019, Illinois will be the 18th state to adopt this type of “salary ban” law, intended to shrink the gender wage gap by preventing employers from using current salary information when determining compensation for a prospective employee.
The new law prohibits Illinois employers from asking a candidate for their current salary or salary history. Similar laws are already on the books in several states and spreading quickly.
With employees all over the country and an expanding national presence, here at Assurance we’ve already adapted our practices in response to these laws.
Here are 4 quick changes we made to our process and communicated to all managers who may be involved in the hiring process:
- We don’t ask candidates for their salary history. No part of our application process requests a candidate’s current or past salary.
- We don’t take note if a candidate volunteers their salary history. Some candidates freely disclose this information during conversation, but we do not capture it in interview notes nor consider it in the hiring process.
- We do share a general range of what we expect to pay, based on the skills and experience needed for the position.
- We do ask applicants for their salary requirements, which is different than asking for their history. We want to know that our mutual expectations are in the same ballpark early in the process.
Staying abreast of and amending processes to meet changing hiring laws can be tricky. These simple changes gave our team and managers clear direction to maintain a productive hiring process while adapting to a new legal requirement. Check with your HR team and legal counsel to see if these or other changes to your process may be needed.
For more information, read our full compliance notice regarding the updates to the Illinois Equal Pay Act.
Questions? Contact your Assurance representative for more information.
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