State of Connecticut to Ban Salary History January 2019

(Last Updated On: December 10, 2018)

Special Announcement to all State of Connecticut employers :

The State of Connecticut passed a law amending Chapter 557, section 31-40z of the CT statutes. This law will prohibit employers from asking for salary history from job applicants and it will be effective on 01/01/2019.

The law makes the following an unlawful practice:

To inquire or direct a third party to inquire about a prospective employee’s wage and salary history unless a prospective employee has voluntarily disclosed such information, except that this subdivision shall not apply to any actions taken by an employer, employment agency or employee or agent thereof pursuant to any federal or state law that specifically authorizes the disclosure or verification of salary history for employment purposes. Nothing in this section shall prohibit an employer from inquiring about other elements of a prospective employee’s compensation structure, as long as such employer does not inquire about the value of the elements of such compensation structure

This law will require a review of the hiring process in place, including any documentation or forms that all applicants must complete, and may require changes to that process.

Justifacts recommends that you consult with your legal department to determine what changes, if any, need to be made to your hiring process in order to comply with this law.
The complete text of the legislation can be found here:

https://www.cga.ct.gov/2018/act/pa/pdf/2018PA-00008-R00HB-05386-PA.pdf

Effective 01/01/19, Justifacts will add this jurisdiction to our system and the salary fields in our system will be removed for any request that has a current address in CT for either the applicant or client.

It is important to note that Justifacts is providing this information as a service to our clients. None of the information contained herein should be construed as legal advice, nor is Justifacts engaged to provide legal advice. Although we go to great lengths to make sure our information is accurate and useful, we recommend you consult your attorney or legal department if you want assurance that our information, and your interpretation of it, is appropriate to your particular situation.