Illinois No Salary History Law: Digital Outreach Toolkit

Below are sample social media posts, as well as a sample email, that you can use to spread the word about Illinois’ new No Salary History update to the Illinois Equal Pay Act. Please feel free to modify any of these as makes sense for your audience. Let’s get the word out and make sure everyone knows about their new rights!

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Twitter

Looking for a job? Live in Illinois? As of Sept 29, potential employers can’t ask for your current or past wages—& they can’t ask your old employers, either. #KnowYourRights re: #NoSalaryHistory, & what to do if you ARE asked. @WomenEmployed can help! https://womenemployed.org/resources/no-salary-history-and-pay-equity-toolkit/

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EMPLOYERS: As of Sept 29, #NoSalaryHistory is Illinois law. That means you can no longer ask about prior wages of job applicants. @WomenEmployed can help you learn about the law, what’s allowed & restricted, & how ELSE you can advance #EqualPay: https://womenemployed.org/illinois-no-salary-history-law-a-tool-for-employers/

Instagram

Hey job seekers! Did you know that as of Sept 29th in Illinois, potential employers can’t ask you for your current or past wages? And they can’t ask your current or former employers, either. Thanks to the new #NoSalaryHistory law, those questions are now illegal! This law will help make sure you’re paid what you’re worth, and it’s a huge step forward in the fight for #EqualPay. Make sure you #KnowYourRights, and what you can do if they are violated. @WomenEmployed has all the information you need. Go to their profile and click the link in their bio to download their No Salary History toolkit.

Facebook and LinkedIn

Hey job seekers! Did you know that as of Sept 29th in Illinois, potential employers can’t ask you for your current or past wages? And they can’t ask your current or former employers, either. Thanks to the new #NoSalaryHistory law, those questions are now illegal! This law will help make sure you’re paid what you’re worth, and it’s a huge step forward in the fight for #EqualPay. Make sure you #KnowYourRights, and what you can do if they are violated. @WomenEmployed has all the information you need. Go to https://womenemployed.org/resources/no-salary-history-and-pay-equity-toolkit/ to download their No Salary History toolkit.

Language for E-Newsletter

Please feel free to modify for your audience.

Did you know? As of September 29th, 2019, No Salary History is the law in Illinois. This new law, an update to the Illinois Equal Pay Act, prohibits employers from seeking information about the current or past wages of job applicants. The new measure will help prevent pay discrimination in Illinois by ensuring new hires are paid based on the responsibilities of the job and the experience they bring to the table, not what they were paid in the past.

The impact of job-to-job pay discrimination is especially great for women of color, who often experience even larger wage gaps. Black women working in the U.S. make just 61 cents to a white man’s dollar. For Native women, it’s 58 cents. For Latinas, 53 cents. Over a career, a woman of color can lose over $1 million to the wage gap.

Women Employed, an organization that pursues equity for all women in the workforce, advocated for years for No Salary History, and in advance of the law’s effective date, they have created tools to help job seekers know their rights, employers understand their responsibilities, and to empower everyone to be an advocate for pay equity at work, in their communities, and with their elected officials. You can download the toolkit at https://womenemployed.org/resources/no-salary-history-and-pay-equity-toolkit/.

Email for Personal Networks

Please feel free to modify for your audience.

Dear [NAME],

I’m writing to make sure you know about a new right you have in the state of Illinois when you are looking for and applying to jobs. As of September 29th, potential employers can no longer ask job candidates for their current or past wages. They also can’t ask their current or former employers for that information. It’s a law that was passed to help ensure that everyone in our state is paid fairly—based upon their skills, experience, and the requirements of the job, rather than based on what they were paid in the past.

Women Employed, an organization that pursues equity for all women in the workforce, advocated for years for a No Salary History law in our state, because it’s an important way to fight pay inequity by strengthening the Illinois Equal Pay Act. When employers base salaries and wages on your previous salary or wage, it can allow for any pay discrimination that you’ve experienced at any point to follow you throughout your career.

Women Employed has also put together a set of tools to help people learn about and exercise their new rights, and to help spread the word to others! You can check out their toolkit at https://womenemployed.org/resources/no-salary-history-and-pay-equity-toolkit/.

I hope this is helpful!

Thanks,

[YOUR NAME]