Roll Call! House Denies Employers Access to Applicant Salary Histories (137-0), 2018

 
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PASSED
in the State House of Representatives
on February 15, 2018, by a vote of
137-0
Purpose: H294 would make it illegal for a Vermont employer to inquire about a job applicant’s salary history, while allowing employers to confirm an applicant’s salary history for those that voluntary give up this information.
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Analysis: Those voting ‘yes’ believe there are a significant number of Vermont workers who are locked in to a lower wage due to gender or race discrimination. This bill would give these low wage workers the ability to prevent their salary history from being a burden on future salary negotiations.
 
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Others believe that this bill will make it more difficult for Vermont employers to hire good employees. Vermont would join New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Delaware as the fifth state on the East Coast to ban employers from asking about salary history. This would place Vermont employers at a competitive disadvantage to surrounding states like Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine and Rhode Island.
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Vermont employers’ expenses will rise as they allocate resources away from meeting customer demands and into researching employee past compensation. If expenses rise, employers will be unable to raise employee wages as quickly. An applicant’s salary history allows employers to have a benchmark for starting wages. In a lightly regulated labor market, discrimination is discouraged because applicants are free to find employers that do not use discrimination to induce lower salaries. Without applicant disclosed salary histories, employers can choose to make shot-in-the-dark compensation decisions without knowledge of salary histories, or they can spend time and money to investigate an applicant’s skill-set and corresponding compensation. Both options mean higher expenses to employers and employees that other states do not have to pay.
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Thankfully, this business expense blow will be softened due to increasingly more accurate salary information based on job description that is available for minimal cost online. While this information is not as accurate as personal salary histories, Vermont companies may find these online estimates to be a useful substitute. The market provides, even in the face of government hostility.
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The applicant knowledge problem would be further decreased because there is nothing illegal about voluntary divulging salary history. The most highly compensated applicants have the incentive to volunteer this information in a job interview. The least compensated applicants can choose to hide their salary history, but to do so would make employers suspect that they are indeed lower wage applicants, and offer them lower salaries. Lower income applicants are unlikely to be offered significantly higher salaries at their new jobs, despite the best intentions of the legislators who voted for the bill.
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As Recorded in the House Journal, Friday, March 21, 2018: “Shall the bill be amended as recommended by the Committee on General,Housing, and Military Affairs? was decided in the affirmative. Yeas, 137. Nays, 0..” (Read the Journal, p.361-362.)

How They Voted

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David Ainsworth (R-Royalton) – ABSENT

Janet Ancel (D-Calis) – YES
Bob Bancroft(R-Westford) – YES
John Bartholomew (D-Hartland) – YES
Fred Baser(R-Bristol) – ABSENT
Lynn Batchelor (R-Derby Line) -YES
Scott Beck(R-St. Johnsbury) – YES
Paul Belaski (D-Windsor) – YES
Stephen Beyor (R-Highgate Springs) – YES
Clement Bissonnette (D-Winooski) – YES
Thomas Bock (D-Chester) – YES
William Botzow (D-Bennington) – YES
Patrick Brennan (R-Colchester) – YES
Timothy Briglin (D-Thetford) – YES
Cynthia Browning (D-Arlington) – YES
Jessica Brumsted (D-Shelburne) – YES
Susan Buckholz (D-White River Jct) – YES
Thomas Burditt (R-West Rutland) – YES
Mollie Burke (P/D-Brattleboro) – YES
William Canfield (R/D-Fair Haven) -YES
Stephen Carr (D-Brandon) – YES
Robin Chestnut-Tangerman(P-Middletown Springs) – YES
Annemarie Christiansen (D-Perkinsville) – YES
Kevin Christie (D-White River Jct.) – YES
Brian Cina (P-Burlington) – YES
Celene Colburn – (P-Burlington) – ABSENT
James Condon(D-Colchester) -YES
Peter Conlon (D-Cornwall) – YES
Daniel Connor (D-Fairfield) – YES
Charles Conquest (D-Wells River) – YES
Sarah Copeland-Hanzas (D-Bradford) – YES
Timothy Corcoran (D-Bennington) – YES
Lawrence Cupoli (R-Rutland) – YES
Maureen Dakin(D-Colchester) – YES
David Deen (D-Putney) – YES
Dennis Devereux (R-Belmont) – YES
Eileen “Lynn” Dickinson (R-St. Albans) – YES
Anne Donahue (R-Northfield) – YES
Johannah Donovan (D-Burlington) – YES
Betsy Dunn (D-Essex Jct.) – YES
Alice Emmons (D/W-Springfield) – YES
Peter Fagan (R-Rutland) – YES
Martha Feltus (R-Lyndonville) – YES
Rachael Fields(D-Bennington) – YES
Robert Forguites(D-Springfield) – YES
Robert Frenier(R-Chelsea) – YES
Douglas Gage (R-Rutland) – YES
Marianna Gamache(R-Swanton) – YES
John Gannon (D-Wilmington) – YES
Marcia Gardner (D-Richmond) – YES
Dylan Giambatista (D-Essex Jct.) – YES
Diana Gonzalez(P/D-Winooski) – YES
Maxine Grad (D-Moretown) – YES
Rodney Graham(R-Williamstown) – YES
Sandy Haas (P/D-Rochester) – YES
Jim Harrison (R-Chittenden) – YES
Helen Head (D-So. Burlington) – YES
Michael Hebert (R-Vernon) – ABSENT
Robert Helm (R/D-Fair Haven) – YES
Mark Higley (R-Lowell) – YES
Matt Hill (D-Johnson) – YES
Jay Hooper (D-Brookfield) – YES
Mary Hooper (D-Montpelier) – YES
Lori Houghton (D-Essex Jct.) – YES
Mary Howard (D-Rutland) – YES
Kimberly Jessup (D-Middlesex) – YES
Ben Jickling (I-E. Randolph) – YES
Mitzi Johnson (D-S. Hero) – NOT VOTING
Ben Joseph (D-N. Hero) – YES
Bernard Juskiewicz (R-Camdridge) – YES
Brian Keefe (R-Manchester) – YES
Kathleen Keenan (D-St. Albans) – YES
Charlie Kimbell (D-Woodsock) – YES
Warren Kitzmiller (D-Montpelier) – YES
Jill Krowinski (D-Burlington) – YES

 

Rob LaClair(R-Barre Town) – YES

Martin LaLonde(D-South Burlington) – YES
Diane Lanpher (D-Vergennes) – YES
Richard Lawrence (R-Lyndon) – YES
Paul Lefebvre(R-Island Pond) – YES
Patti Lewis (R-Berlin) – YES
William Lippert (D-Hinesburg) – YES
Emily Long(D-Newfane) – YES
Gabrielle Lucke(D-White River Jct.) – ABSENT
Terence Macaig (D-Williston) – YES
Michael Marcotte (R/D-Newport) – YES
Marcia Martel(R-Waterford) – YES
James Masland (D-Thetford) – YES
Chris Mattos (R-Milton) – YES
Curtis McCormack (D/W-Burlington) – YES
Patricia McCoy(R-Poultney) – YES
James McCullough (D-Williston) – YES
Francis McFaun (R/D-Barre) – YES
Alice Miller (D-Shaftsbury) – YES
Kiah Morris(D-Bennington) – ABSENT
Mary Morrissey (R-Bennington) – ABSENT
Michael Mrowicki (D-Putney) – YES
Barbara Murphy (I-Fairfax) – YES
Linda Myers (R-Essex) – YES
Gary Nolan (R-Morrisville) – YES
Terry Norris (I-Shoreham) – YES
Daniel Noyes (D-Wolcott) – YES
Jean O’Sullivan (D-Burlington) – ABSENT
Carol Ode (D-Burlington) – YES
Kelly MacLaury Pajala (I-S. Londonderry) – YES
Corey Parent(R-St. Albans) – YES
Carolyn Partridge (D-Windham) – YES
Albert “Chuck” Pearce (R/D-Richford) – YES
Paul Poirier (I-Barre) – YES
David Potter (D-Clarendon) – YES
Ann Pugh (D-S. Burlington) – YES
Constance Quimby (R-Concord) –  YES
Barbara Rachelson (D-Burlington) – YES
Edward Read(I-Fayston) – YES
Carl Rosenquist (R-Georgia) – YES
Brian Savage (R-Swanton) – YES
Robin Scheu (D-Middlebury) – YES
Heidi Scheuermann (R-Stowe) – YES
David Sharpe (D-Bristol) – YES
Charles Shaw (R/D-Pitsford) – YES
Amy Sheldon(D-Middlebury) – YES
Laura Sibilia(I-West Dover) -YES
Brian Smith (R/D-Derby) – YES
Harvey Smith (R-New Haven) – YES
Trevor Squirrill (D-Underhill) – YES
Thomas Stevens (D-Waterbury) – ABSENT
Vicki Strong (R-Albany) – YES
Valerie Stuart (D-Brattleboro) – YES
Linda Sullivan (D-Dorset) – YES
Mary Sullivan(D-Burlington) – YES
Curt Taylor (D-Colchester) – YES
Thomas Terenzini (R/D-Rutland) – YES
George Till (D-Jericho) – ABSENT
Tristan Toleno (D-Brattleboro) – YES
Catherine Toll (D-Danville) – YES
Maida Townsend (D-S. Burlington) – YES
Matthew Trieber (D-Bellows Falls) – YES
Chip Troiano (D-Hardwick) – YES
Donald Turner (R-Milton) – ABSENT
Warren Van Wyck (R-Ferrisburgh) -YES
Gary Viens(R-Newport) – YES
Tommy Walz (D-Barre City) – YES
Kathryn Webb (D-Shelburne) – YES
Cindy Weed (P/D-Enosburg Falls) – ABSENT
Janssen Willhoit(R-St. Johnsbury) – YES
Theresa Wood (D-Waterbury) – YES
Kurt Wright (R-Burlington) – YES
David Yacovone (D-Morrisville) – YES
Michael Yantachka (D-Charlotte) – YES
Samuel Young (D-Glover) – YES

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