NFIB Reacts to Assembly Prohibiting Salary History Inquiries

Date: September 14, 2017

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Small businesses urge Governor Brown to Veto AB 168 (Eggman)

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NFIB Reacts to Assembly Prohibiting Salary History Inquiries
Small businesses urge Governor Brown to Veto AB 168 (Eggman)

SACRAMENTO, Calif., September 14, 2017 – Following the California State Assembly passing Assembly Bill 168 (Eggman) today, NFIB California State Executive Director Tom Scott issued the following statement on behalf of our 22,000 small business members:

“We are deeply concerned with the passage of AB 168 and are urging Governor Jerry Brown to veto this bill as it exposes all employers to unnecessary litigation, creates hurdles in the hiring process, and seeks to tackle an issue already addressed by existing law.

“California has taken great strides in attempting to level wage disparities, particularly when it comes to gender pay inequalities. However, AB 168 does nothing to resolve concerns, while it only puts new restrictions on small business owners who may have legitimate reasons for inquiring about an applicant’s pay history. Research shows us that those who work at a small business tend to stay there longer than employees of a large corporation, for a variety of reasons. Therefore, when a small business owner must fill a job vacancy, they likely are unaware of current market wages. Asking an applicant about their salary history allows the small business to remain competitive and empowers the applicant to leverage current market wages.

“Small business owners have a much more direct relationship with their employees than larger corporations and want to offer competitive wages to retain a skilled, vibrant workforce, but adding new mandates and legal liabilities does nothing to accomplish this. For these reasons, NFIB is strongly urging Governor Brown to veto AB 168.”


For more than 70 years, the National Federation of Independent Business has been the Voice of Small Business, taking the message from Main Street to the halls of Congress and all 50 state legislatures. NFIB has 350,000 dues-paying members nationally, with over 22,000 in California. NFIB annually surveys its members on state and federal issues vital to their survival as America’s economic engine and biggest creator of jobs. To learn more visit

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