Gov. John Carney recently signed a new law that will prevent employers from requesting the salary history of job applicants and will help close the pay gap between men and women.

Sponsored by House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst, the bipartisan legislation — which takes effect in December — also explicitly prohibits employers from screening applicants based on previous compensation history.

Delaware will become the first state to enact such changes into law. Massachusetts passed a similar measure last year that will take effect in January.

“All Delawareans should expect to be compensated equally for performing the same work,” Carney said. “This new law will help guarantee that across our state, and address a persistent wage gap between men and women. Thank you to Rep. Longhurst and members of the general assembly of both parties for your leadership on this issue.”