Challenges of Gathering Compensation Data on Candidates

by david nosal and paula elmore  (january 2018)

Asking a job candidate for current or former wages has historically been a key part of recruiters’ candidate screening process. However,, as part of broader efforts aimed at closing the pay gap between men and women, many states have introduced measures to restrict employers (and their search agents) the ability to ask job candidates about their pay history during the hiring process. David Nosal and Paula Elmore, Managing Partners at NGS Global, provide an overview of the current status of this legislation across the U.S., what employers and recruiters can or cannot ask candidates; what sanctions apply if employers fail to comply with the rules; and finally, what can recruiters do to prepare for the challenges the restrictions will pose.

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