If you are one of the many prospective job seekers eagerly hoping for your city to be chosen as the location for Amazon’s HQ2, there’s one more potential advantage that the e-commerce giant will offer its chosen employees — no more salary history questions about how much you earn or have earned.

Amazon, which employs half a million people worldwide and promises to add more than 100,000 jobs in the U.S., announced that it is banning any salary history inquiries for prospective U.S. employees, according to an internal message posted Tuesday that was obtained by BuzzFeed News and confirmed by a company spokesperson.

Amazon forbids salary history questions

In its announcement, Amazon said that it wanted to take “a proactive stance” following new legislation at the local and state level to ban salary-history questions. The announcement to Amazon hiring managers says that they can no longer “directly or indirectly ask candidates about their current or prior base pay, bonus, equity compensation, variable pay, or benefits.” The statement goes on to explain that, “You will not be able to rely on current compensation to justify exceptional on-hire offers. You can continue to rely on factors such as salary expectations, competing offers, and other job and market-related factors.”

Under this new policy, Amazon hiring managers can still ask about a candidate’s salary expectations, but they cannot use a person’s current or previous salary information as a determining factor in employment or compensation offers.

The message states that it is treating the new salary ban as purposefully “broad” and will extend the ban to the sourcing stage of the recruiting process. The policy explicitly bans using Amazon’s recruiting systems or third-party databases such as LinkedIn Recruiter to search or estimate a candidate’s salary.

The reasoning behind the ban

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