In bid to fight gender pay gap, Gov. Jerry Brown signs salary privacy law

Thursday, October 12, 2017

As excerpted from The Orange County Register. 

A landmark new law designed to narrow the gender pay gap in the nation’s most populous state bars California employers from inquiring about applicants’ previous salaries and benefits.
 
The salary privacy bill, was enacted by Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday, Oct. 12, at a celebratory signing ceremony at Women’s Empowerment, a Sacramento nonprofit for homeless women. He was surrounded by members of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus...
 
The bill, AB 168 “gives women the power to determine for themselves where they start negotiating,” said principal author Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton). “Women negotiating a salary shouldn’t have to wrestle an entire history of wage disparity.”
 
“Wage inequality that has spanned generations of women in the workforce,” she said, adding that the law will “ensure that my 9-year-old daughter, and all women, can be confident that their pay will be based on their abilities and not their gender.”