New law bans California employers from asking applicants their prior salary

This blog entry is not Art-related.

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http://www.sfchronicle.com/business/networth/article/New-law-bans-California-employers-from-asking-12274431.php

California employers can no longer ask job applicants about their prior salary and — if applicants ask — must give them a pay range for the job they are seeking, under a new state law that takes effect Jan. 1.

AB168, signed Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown, applies to all public- and private-sector California employers of any size.

The goal is to narrow the gender wage gap. If a woman is paid less than a man doing the same job and a new employer bases her pay on her prior salary, gender discrimination can be perpetuated, the bill’s backers say.

The new bill goes further by prohibiting employers, “orally or in writing, personally or through an agent,” from asking about an applicant’s previous pay. However, if the applicant “voluntarily and without prompting” provides this information, the employer may use it “in determining the salary for that applicant.”

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Damian Lillard Adidas Logo

I absolutely love this Damian Lillard logo! You can see both of his initials, a D and an L. It also suggests a number 0 (his current jersey number) and a letter O since he played high school ball in Oakland, college ball in Ogden, and currently plays pro ball in Oregon. And finally, you can see the 3 stripes on the top-left corner, so you know he’s with Adidas.

 

Graphic Artists make appearance on The Simpsons

“Exit Through the Kwik-E-Mart” is the fifteenth episode of the twenty-third season of the American animated television sitcom The Simpsons. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on March 4, 2012. In the episode, Bart is punished by Homer after letting a rabbit loose in the house. He gets revenge on his father by spray-painting images of him with the word “dope” all over Springfield. Street artist Shepard Fairey encounters Bart one night and offers him a gallery show of Bart’s artworks. However, Chief Wiggum suddenly appears during the show and arrests Bart for covering the town in graffiti. It turns out that Fairey is an undercover officer working for Wiggum.

The episode references the 2010 street art documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop by graffiti artist Banksy, and features guest appearances from street artists Ron English, Kenny Scharf, and Robbie Conal as themselves. Fairey, who is a long-time fan of The Simpsons, also guest starred in the episode as himself. Around 5.09 million Americans tuned in to watch “Exit Through the Kwik-E-Mart” during its original broadcast. Since then, the episode has received praise from television critics for its opening sequence, which parodies the opening sequence of the medieval fantasy television series Game of Thrones.