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HR Updates for Job Applications


Do your employment applications ask for a salary history or if the applicant has been convicted of a crime?


If the answer is “yes,” then it’s time to update those applications!

To ensure compliance with the growing number of states enacting these laws, responsible parties must remove any questions asking for salary history and convictions from employment applications.


Salary History Inquiries

Banning salary history inquiries mean banning private employers from asking about candidates’ previous pay. This initiative is a potential solution to closing the wage gap between men and women.

States prohibiting salary history inquiries include:

  • California
  • Connecticut (effective 1/1/19)
  • Delaware
  • Massachusetts (effect 7/1/18)
  • Oregon
  • Vermont (7/1/18)


Ban the Box

Ban the Box refers to the "box" on job application forms asking prospective employees whether they have ever been convicted of a crime.  Ten states and the District of Columbia (along with 29 cities and counties) require private-sector employers to "ban the box" on employment applications.

The list of states includes:

  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • New Jersey
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont


Additional prohibited information for employment applications:

  • Date of birth
  • Graduation year
  • Marital status
  • Social Security Number