Are Hong Kong companies legally allowed to disclose a past employee's salary to a company that employee might be about to join?
I know companies like to confirm dates of employment but are they allowed to ask for past salary?
I'm thinking about starting a job search but I definitely don't want to get restricted by the typical "10 to 20%" salary increment that Hong Kong companies like to offer. So I'm considering two routes and I'd like to understand what's better:
1. Be less than fully accurate about my past salary to my potential employers under the assumption that they can't figure out my past salary. Another thing to consider here is that not being legally allowed doesn't mean they can't ask. And if I refuse to furnish salary slips after disclosing my salary, what kind of signal does that send to them about me as a candidate.
2. Refuse to share past salary details from the very beginning