Act 108 – Prohibits Employers from Inquiring About Job Applicant’s Salary History (Effective January 1, 2019)

Attention: Principal Investigators, Project Administrators, and any individuals involved in the employment process (applicable to Regular-status and Non-recruited hires)

Senate Bill 2351 was signed into law as Act 108, which amends Chapter 378, Hawai‘i Revised Statutes (Employment Practices). Effective January 1, 2019, this amendment prohibits employers from inquiring about a new job applicant’s salary history (previous and current) and relying on an applicant’s salary history when setting pay during the hiring process. Salary history includes any information regarding compensation and benefits (e.g., medical benefits, retirement package).

Effective October 1, 2018, salary history will be removed from the list of required job application information and from recruitment announcements (e.g., bulletin board, RCUH website). To avoid any chance of inadvertent non-compliance (e.g., approved selection after January 1, 2019), any recruitments posted prior to September 30, 2018, must submit their selections to RCUH Human Resources Employment section by November 30, 2018. Failure to submit the selections by that date will result in the cancellation of the recruitments. All recruitments posted from October 1, 2018 will not be affected by this, as the salary history requirement was removed.

If you have any questions, please contact the RCUH Human Resources staff listed below for further assistance.

Name Phone Email
Jennifer Lin (808) 956-7106 [email protected]
Sharon Vong (808) 956-0871 [email protected]