first official act upon taking office was to sign an executive order
the wage gap between men and women working in NJ. Effective February 1,
state agencies are prohibited from asking a job applicant for past wage
unless or until a conditional offer of employment, including an
the overall compensation package, has been extended. State agencies may
not investigate or research prior salaries of applicants, but may
request or verify current or previous compensation information prior
to a conditional job offer if an applicant volunteers such information
if verification is required by federal, state or local law. An agency
obtained salary history information prior to the effective date is
prohibited from using that information in any employment
decision unless required by law or collective bargaining agreement.
Q: Does NJ have a similar law that applies to private employers statewide?
As we reported last year, Governor Christie vetoed a bill passed by the
NJ Senate and Assembly that would prohibit
private employer inquiries into salary history. So, the answer is "no"
- for now. Governor Murphy seems committed to a statewide ban.