NEW JERSEY SALARY HISTORY BAN
In New Jersey, an employer may not ask an applicant for their salary history. The potential penalty for doing this could range from $1,000 to $10,000, depending on the circumstances. Following a new trend of laws limiting salary history inquiries, effective Jan. 1, 2020, New Jersey employers cannot ask job applicants about their prior salary, wages, and benefits. It is also illegal to require an applicant’s salary history to satisfy a maximum or minimum criteria. One of the goals of this law is to attempt to narrow the pay gaps between women and men and between minorities and majority groups. Specifically, the law provides a means to stop a potential employer from linking their offer of employment to a prior salary, which may be below market rate. In the past year, other states that have implemented a salary history ban include Alabama, Colorado, Missouri, New York, Maine, and Washington. There are exceptions to this law, mostly relating to consent. An applicant can voluntarily provide past salary information, and the employer can verify whether or not the information given is correct. This can benefit both parties, so long as there’s a mutual agreement about the reason for sharing this information. However, employers still cannot use salary history to determine whether to hire an individual.
Additionally, when a position involves incentives and commissions, an employer is allowed to inquire about general terms and conditions of incentive and compensation plans the applicant had with a prior employer. However, an employer cannot ask about specific dollar amounts earned through those plans. Concerning internal job restructuring, the law provides that it does not apply to internal promotions or transfers. Also, if an employer conducts business in multiple states, including New Jersey, the job application must advise that applicants whose position will substantially be spent in New Jersey should not answer any salary history questions.
New Jersey law regarding employment practices is continually changing! Make sure you stay up to date.
ORANGE GLAZED SALMON
2 salmon fillets (10 oz total)
1 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
1 tsp salt
Zest from 1 orange
2 tbsp ghee
1/3 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
1 tbsp garlic, minced
1 tsp tapioca starch
1. Heat oven to 425 F, and line a sheet pan with parchment paper. 2. Salt each fillet with 1/2 tsp salt. Bake for 6–8 minutes. 3. In a saucepan, combine ghee and garlic and cook over medium heat for 3 minutes. 4. Add rosemary, zest, and juice. Cook for another 3 minutes. 5. Stir in tapioca starch until lumps disappear and mixture thickens. 6. Plate salmon and top with orange sauce.
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