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Salary-History Questions Are History in Massachusetts

Magazine article HRMagazine

Salary-History Questions Are History in Massachusetts

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Massachusetts has become the first state to enact a law preventing employers from asking job candidates about their salary histories. The Massachusetts Pay Equity Act, which is scheduled to take effect in 2018, is designed to close the gender compensation gap and make it unlawful for organizations to pay men and women different rates for comparable work.

The legislation will also prohibit employers from screening candidates based on their previous pay or asking salary-related questions before making a job offer. HR and hiring managers also won't be able to contact an applicant's former company to confirm past wages until after an offer has been extended. Even then, employers must get written permission from the applicant to verify past pay.

To comply with the statute, Massachusetts employers will need to update their job application forms to remove salary inquiries. Because salary questions have become so commonplace in recruiting, HR professionals should consider training hiring managers and other potential interviewers to make sure they are informed about the new law. …

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