REFERENCE TITLE: employers; compensation history; prohibitions





State of Arizona


Fifty-fifth Legislature

Second Regular Session





SB 1418


Introduced by

Senators Mendez: Gabaldon, Gonzales, Quezada, Terán; Representatives Andrade, Dalessandro, Hernandez M, Salman, Solorio





amending Title 23, chapter 2, article 1, Arizona Revised Statutes, by adding section 23-207; relating to employment practices.





Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:

Section 1. Title 23, chapter 2, article 1, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by adding section 23-207, to read:

START_STATUTE23-207. Compensation history; exceptions; civil penalty; definitions

A. An employer or an employer's agent may not either:

1. Screen an applicant based on the applicant's compensation history, including by requiring that an applicant's prior compensation satisfy minimum or maximum criteria.

2. Seek the compensation history of an applicant from the applicant or a current or former employer for the purpose of setting compensation to be offered to an applicant.

B. For the purposes of this section, if the employer demonstrates that the employer's agent was informed of and instructed to comply with the requirements of this section, the employer is not liable for any action that the employer's agent takes that violates this section unless there is a finding of a repeat violation with knowledge of the employer.

C. This section does not prohibit either of the following:

1. An employer or an employer's agent and an applicant from discussing and negotiating compensation expectations if the employer or employer's agent does not request or require the applicant's compensation history as part of that process.

2. An employer or an employer's agent from seeking the applicant's compensation history after an offer of employment that includes terms of compensation has been extended to the applicant and accepted.

D. The industrial commission of Arizona may impose a civil penalty of at least $1,000 but not more than $5,000 for the first violation and at least $5,000 but not more than $10,000 for each subsequent violation against any employer that violates or fails to comply with this section.  For the purposes of this subsection, any actions by an employer or employer's agent that violate subsection A of this section pertaining to interviewing and hiring for a single position constitute a single violation.

E. For the purposes of this section:

1. "Applicant" means a prospective employee applying for employment.

2. "Compensation" includes monetary wages as well as benefits and other forms of compensation. END_STATUTE