Salary disclosure and the new climate: Tips for recruiters to make informed hiring decisions

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Wages for women and minorities still lag behind their White male counterparts. Consequently, equal pay regulations have gained traction quickly in the last few years. The intent of the legislation, focused around salary disclosure, is to close the stubborn pay gap. Recruiters may be losing one tool in their toolbox but they can still perform their jobs well. 

Last year, eight states, cities, or localities made it illegal for employers to ask for salary history. At the end of 2017, more than a dozen pay equity laws were under review. Many HR experts anticipate this trend will continue. To get ahead of the curve, your HR team should review your strategy.

If you are like most recruiters or HR professionals, you ask candidates to submit their salary history. However, in today’s climate, that could place your company at risk for legal and financial penalties. Here we offer tips for how to communicate with candidates, and evaluate them effectively, while being mindful of new equal pay regulations.  ​

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