Gov. Brown signs bills that ban certain questions during hiring process

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Beginning next year, property management firms and other California employers will want to take a close look at the questions they ask of prospective hires.

Under a pair of bills signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, some types of questions will be off-limits during certain portions of the hiring process.

With AB 1008 by Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, it will be illegal for an employer with five or more employees to include on an employment application any question seeking disclosure of an applicant’s criminal history.

The bill also will bar employers from asking an applicant about any convictions until the employer makes a conditional job offer.

With AB 168 by Assemblywoman Susan Eggman, D-Stockton, employers cannot ask about a job applicant’s salary history. Moreover, the bill bans employers from relying on such information in deciding how much pay to offer a prospective hire.

Another employment-related bill signed into law by Brown this year focuses on parental leave.

Under SB 63 by  Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, businesses with as few as 20 workers will need to offer 12 weeks of unpaid maternity and paternity leave. SB 63 expands such leave to small businesses. State law already requires employers of 50 workers or more to offer unpaid maternity and paternity leave.

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