This is a reminder that effective October 6, 2017, employers may no longer ask any applicant at any stage of the application process about their past compensation or pay.  It is permissible to ask about salary or hourly wages desired during the screening process or on the employment application.  No additional conversation about that information would be appropriate.

This is part of the new Oregon Pay Equity Act that was signed into law in August.  It is critical that everyone involved in the hiring or screening process understand and abide by this change.

If you have any questions about this new law or the prohibition regarding asking about previous earnings, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.  We can be reached at 503-885-9815 or toll-free at 877-287-4476.


Information provided by HR Answers, Inc.