Recruiter asked for proof of my last bonus to determine sign-on… I’m not being dishonest with my request (only asking to be made whole for the bonus money I’ll be leaving on the table at my current employer) and this sounds kinda illegal based on NY’s salary history ban- is it?

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Posting as :
works at
You are currently posting as works at

Does it really matter? If you weren’t dishonest what’s the harm

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We’re still talking base salary as well so it’s a little tricky right now… don’t want to show my cards before they’ve given me more definitive answers on best and final salary and bonus as I’m concerned they’ll use previous bonus to reverse engineer current base to argue against paying market. They’re low balling quite a bit right now- to the point that I might walk away. Won’t move for the same Im making now and that’s where we’re stalled.

This is a common request for any commission based bonus.

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Thanks! It’s not commission based

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Give it to them. But if you are concerned about the impact on the comp offered, just make clear that you will not accept less.

I.e. if they try to use your last bonus to anchor comp instead of the likely higher bonus you expect this year, just make it clear that they should base any offer on your higher expectations this year and nothing else.

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Thank you!

Not all up to date on the NY laws as I don't live in the region, but this sounds like they're attempting to comply with a special request you made for a sign on bonus to "make you whole" replacing the bonus you could expect to receive at your current fir.. So in that regard I'd suspect this may not apply the same as a traditional salary negotiation. Agree the request seems distasteful but you also don't want to start off with a new employer on the wrong foot. If there's no other complication with complying I'd probably just give them what they asked for so you can get what you asked for and move on.

Thanks so much!

I’m not 100% familiar with NY employment law but I don’t see an issue. Here we are in 2022, where pay transparency has come to fruition forcing employers to post salary ranges. If employers need to do it, I don’t see why it would be an issue for the employer to ask for proof from he candidate. You wanted transparency, it goes both ways .

Lol… thanks

Honestly and this is just me, I would say NO. Why should I as a candidate have to prove how much I’m making? A) that’s illegal b) that’s not their fucking business.

“I would politely decline saying I don’t feel comfortable sharing such information in light of the new regulations in place but I’d be happy to provide you a ballpark figure to move things along. “ If they push back, honestly I would walk away. As you’ve mentioned the offer is below market and such asks are massive red flags imho

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