Pay History for Job Applicants

As of January 1, 2024, job applicants can no longer be asked about their pay history.

While they can still voluntarily provide that information to justify a higher-than-offered salary, the change aims to prevent companies from setting an applicant’s compensation based on previous pay and, instead, based on qualifications.

State officials say the new law will also help narrow the gender and racial pay gap.

It applies to all employers in the state and all employees, including full-time, part-time and those seeking an internal promotion or transfer. Violations can be reported online, click here.

To learn more visit the MN Dept. of Human Rights click here.