Minnesota Salary History Ban


Hi, here’s your HR quickie for today, December 27, 2023.

In 2024, our friends in Minnesota are joining a number of other states in prohibiting employers from asking about an applicant’s current wage, salary, benefits or other compensation for the purposes of figure out what to pay – or offer to pay for the current position.

There are a couple of exceptions – for instance if the salary is a matter of public record, or the information is volunteered by the applicant.  But broadly speaking, someone’s prior pay history is a no-go zone.

And a couple of pro tips here – you can’t prohibit employees from telling other people about their compensation (it’s their information to give), and you can’t require that an employee sign a waiver that waives their right to discuss their wages.

And oh – by the way, you also have to include information about the wage disclosure law in your handbook.

So, train your hiring managers, update your handbook, and review your employment application – just to be sure any questions on the application are good to go.

And that’s your HR quickie, for today, December 27, 2023.

If you have questions, or just need some help – and you’re one of our valued clients, well – just reach out to your HR Business Partner.

And if you’re not currently a client?  Well, get in touch.  We would love to become part of your HR journey.

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