The state of Washington became the latest to outlaw prospective employers from inquiring about the criminal history of job applicants until they have been determined eligible for the job. Governor Jay Inslee (D) signed House bill 1298, also known as the Fair Chance Act into law last week, just days after the legislature adjourned for the current year. The law prohibits employers from advertising job openings in such a way as to preclude people with criminal records from applying for a position. And, earlier this week, Governor Inslee signed legislation that amends the Equal Pay Act in an effort to reduce the wage gap between men and women. The new law prohibits an employer from retaliating against an employee who has filed a complaint about their wages differing from those of other employees.