New law bars employers from asking for your salary history
If you’re looking for a big bump in salary, try applying for jobs in Massachusetts.
The state is the first to bar employers from asking your salary history before offering a job, thanks to a law signed Monday.
The regulation is part of broader equal pay legislation meant to narrow the gap between the 79 cents women make for every dollar men earn.
Barring employers from asking about salary history is one way to prevent that pay gap from being perpetuated as women move from job to job.
And of course, preventing employers from making assumptions about your level of compensation early on in the interview process can benefit any job-seeker, regardless of gender. An early job at an underpaying company can haunt a worker’s earning potential for years afterward — as many a millennial who graduated during the financial crisis can attest. Read more…