New Illinois law bans employers from asking about pay history

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Illinois employers can no longer ask candidates about past salaries and wages under a new law.

Gov. Pritzker recently signed the law as an amendment to the Illinois Equal Pay Act.

HB 834​ bans employers and employment agencies from asking applicants about their wage and compensation histories and using such information to screen candidates for a job.

The law takes effect Sept. 29, 2019. The Illinois Department of Labor says the new law comes in an effort to help female and minority workers receive equal pay to male and non-minority workers for similar work.

“While the statute does stipulate penalties for violating the law, it is our hope to gain compliance through educating employers,” said IDOL Director Michael Kleinik. “The Department of Labor will be doing various types of outreach and working with employer organizations throughout the state to explain the new law’s impact.”

Under the new law, employers can be penalized for asking the applicant or the applicant’s current or former employers for wage or salary history.

The new law does not prevent an employer from asking an applicant what they desire to make for a new position.