Someone came to ask me and I thought I raise it out here. This is HR related.Is it legal for a prospective employer to request for a copy of the W-2 from a candidate that the employer is about to make an offer? The prospective employer already verified employment with the candidate’s HR dept. The prospective employer is interested in the salary history of the candidate. The candidate completed an application form where it is required to state the starting pay and the current pay and in addition, the employer is requesting for copies of all W-2 since start of employment.
Is this a common practice to request for copies of W-2?Appreciate any feedback on this.
Editor's Discussion Summary:
Provement employment and pay with a W-2 seems a little aggressive
Doing so may be legal, but is not good for new employee relations
It might change one's mind about working for such a company
Asking current employer to verify is uncomfortable
This custom may be more common for sales positions
Many would refuse to provide a W-2. Some are unfazed.
Is the new employer using it only for negotiation purposes?
This practice may be more common in other countries.