A new bill, signed into law by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker on Monday, August 1st, 2016, prohibits employers from asking about a candidate's salary history before an offer that includes compensation is extended, among other provisions. Employers with operations in Massachusetts should be sure to update their policies, procedures and forms. This new law goes into effect on January 1, 2018.
This bill does not impact the verification of an applicant's employment or salary history, provided that a) before the verification is requested, an offer, inclusive of compensation, has been extended to the applicant; and b) the salary information to be verified is collected after the offer including compensation is presented to the applicant.
Read the official bill here: