One-by-one states across the U.S. are banning employers and agents of the employer from asking a candidates salary history and California is the most recent state to do so. With good intentions of closing the gender and minority pay gap across the country, what does this mean for the recruitment industry? Knowing a candidates salary can help a recruiter negotiate a higher or comparable salary, but without any basis to work from this can sometimes make it harder for the recruiter to negotiate in favor of the candidate.

Does banning recruiters from asking about a candidates salary history help or hinder the candidates ability to negotiate their salary?