6 states and cities have enacted laws that employers may not ask candidates about pay history

The following states and cities have enacted laws stating that employers may not ask their job candidates about pay history:

  • California (effective January 2018)
  • Delaware (currently in effect)
  • Massachusetts (effective July 2018)
  • New York, NY (currently in effect)
  • Oregon (effective January 2019)
  • Philadelphia, PA (currently not in effect due to pending litigation)

If you employ people in any of the affected areas, we strongly recommend seeking the advice of legal counsel to best determine your obligations under the law.

New I-9’s Required

A new version of the I-9 Form (Employment Eligibility Verification Form) was updated and released July 2017.  You were to begin using it by September 18, 2017.

The government takes employment eligibility seriously today, more than ever before. Organizations cannot risk mistakes or lack of knowledge on the laws pertaining to I-9 compliance. I-9 enforcement is increasing, and penalties can cost you up to $10,000 per employee. This past July the federal government confirmed the hiring of 10,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents to focus on civil and criminal investigations – a move that could triple the number of I-9 workplace audits conducted by the agency.

The new I-9 form is dated 7/17/17 in the lower left corner, and it replaces a version dated 11/14/2016. There is a paper form and an interactive PDF available. This new PDF still contains all the “smart I-9” features that were unveiled in the version released November 2016 to help employers reduce errors and complete the form more easily.