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Old Mar 5th 2020, 3:27 pm
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Hello everyone, I'm sure we have all been asked what the salary was in your previous position when applying for a new job but has an employer ever asked you to show proof of your previous salary before they decide what salary they are going to offer you?

This is the first time it has happened to me and I think it is not very professional of them to request official documents regarding salary from another company. Or maybe this is what some companies are starting to do now?

Can anyone offer any advice?
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Old Mar 5th 2020, 5:06 pm
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I haven't ever been asked to do this, and would refuse. This puts all the power in their hands, not a good start for any relationship.
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Old Mar 5th 2020, 5:14 pm
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No idea where you are but a growing number of states have made it illegal for prospective employers to enquire about salary history.

I have never been asked to provide proof and would not do so.
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Old Mar 5th 2020, 5:25 pm
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I'm pretty sure this is illegal.

In any case definitely don't do it. You want to tell your prospective new employer that you're earning at least 10% more than you actually are to maxmize the pay bump. That's all ****ed if you show them what you're actually earning.
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It is illegal in some states : https://www.hrdive.com/news/salary-h...s-list/516662/

There is no way that I would provide such information!
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Never heard of his happening.


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News to me.
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Originally Posted by BenC123 View Post
Hello everyone, I'm sure we have all been asked what the salary was in your previous position when applying for a new job but has an employer ever asked you to show proof of your previous salary before they decide what salary they are going to offer you?

This is the first time it has happened to me and I think it is not very professional of them to request official documents regarding salary from another company. Or maybe this is what some companies are starting to do now?

Can anyone offer any advice?
Can we have some context please? Are you in the US?
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Old Mar 6th 2020, 12:36 am
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They shouldn’t need proof. Either they think you’re worth it, or they don’t.
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I agree with all of the above - I have never been asked, not heard oof it, it is certainly unethical, probably illegal, I would definitely refuse.

As I see you have two choices: tell them what you want by way of pay and benefits and negotiate (if you like, and if they are willing), or walk away. Unless it was an extraordinary career move, I would lean towards walking away.
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Definitely against my company policy to ask.
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Never experienced it, would decline regardless of whether it was legal or not.
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I have been asked to provide employment history along with hourly wages/salary. It is not unusual and it is fairly common practice when seeking employment in some local, state or fed government agencies. However, you do not have to show any paystubs or W2s. It never had any bearing on salary. I was offered.
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