Watch: New California law will make it illegal for employers to ask this question

What’s going on?

A new California law that went into effect on Monday forbids employers from asking job applicants about their previous salaries. It also requires California employers to give potential employees a pay range for the job they’re applying for.

Will this new law help workers?

The new law, which affects all employers of any size statewide, is intended to increase transparency and narrow the gender gap. Supporters of the bill said that if women are paid less than men for the same job and new employers base their salary on the previous one, women will continue to make less.

Pat and Jeffy talked about some of the new state laws that went into effect on Jan. 1 on today’s show while sitting in for Glenn.

“Who answers that truthfully, anyway?” Jeffy asked about the salary-related law. “’What’d you make on your last job?’ ‘$800 million.’”

Here are some of the other new laws they discussed:

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