State of Illinois to Prohibit use of Salary History

(Last Updated On: August 5, 2019)

Special Announcement to all Illinois employers:

The State of Illinois passed a law (HB 0834) amending the Illinois Statutes, Chapter 820 ยง 112/10. This bill prohibits employers from seeking for, or asking from job applicants, their wage history from any current or former employer. The Governor of Illinois signed the law on 07/31/19 and it will be effective in 60 days.

Among other things, the law makes the following an unlawful practice:

It is unlawful for an employer to seek the wage or salary history, including benefits or other compensation, of a job applicant from any current or former employer.

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: HB0834

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