Vu Le is one of the most consistent culture bloggers around today but it is particularly enjoyable when he takes on some of the most sacred of cows inside nonprofit management. His post from 8/15/2016 about the myriad of problems related to requiring job applicants to list salary history is exactly the sort of thing the field as a whole needs to hear (over and over again until the practice is gone for good).
Le’s post examines all of the relevant point behind why the practice is not only hurtful to employees but it’s ultimately against the best interest of the employer. He rounds things off with a call to action to garner support for proposed legislation in New York City that would ban employers for asking about job applicant’s salary histories.
Granted, we’re a long way off from Le’s ideal of making the practice illegal in every US state but for who think it may be a pipe dream, don’t forget the recent changes that brought massive reform to long stagnant wage rules governing eligibility for overtime. Those kick in on 12/1/2016.
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Thanks, Drew. Our sector has way more influence than we give ourselves credit for. We need to use it to change inequitable practices. Asking for people’s salary history when making a job offer is like wearing bell-bottoms. Sure, it may work for some people. But in these days and age, it usually just looks ridiculous.
Couldn’t agree more and thanks for continuing to bring these issues to the forefront.