New Law to Address HI Wage Gap

Employers in Hawaii no longer will be allowed to inquire about prospective employees’ salary histories thanks to a law passed in July.

Senate Bill 2351, referred to as the Equal Pay Act, was signed into law by Gov. David Ige in July and went into effect Jan. 1. The law is intended to address demographic wage gaps within the state.

The law prohibits employers from asking job applicants about their pay rates at previous jobs, or using the applicants’ salary histories to determine their pay and benefits at their new job, unless the prospective employee discloses that information without prompting.

Even if an employer learns an applicant’s wage history through a background check, the employer still cannot use that information to determine how to pay the applicant, if hired.

The law also prohibits employers from punishing or prohibiting employees who openly discuss their wages with other employees.

Read the full story at West Hawaii Today

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