You nail the job interview, and you've just received a formal offer. Hooray!
But there's just one thing: You wished you'd asked for more money.
The company's given you a figure, and you know it's likely based on your previous salary.
Well, say goodbye to that if you live in Massachusetts because it's now illegal in the state for employers to ask about your salary in a job interview.
The refreshing role-reversal means that companies now have to make you an offer on what they believe you're worth, rather than basing it on your previous income.
It marks a massive step forward to equal pay, as the wage gap between men and women is still very prevalent today.
It is hoped the law will be used as a template for other states and eventually rolled out nationwide.
Here's the part of the bill that's important to us:
It shall be an unlawful practice for an employer to: (1) require, as a condition of employment, that an employee refrain from inquiring about, discussing or disclosing information about either the employee's own wages, including benefits or other compensation, or about any other employee's wages; (2) screen job applicants based on their wage, including benefits or other compensation or salary histories, including by requiring that an applicant's prior wages, including benefits or other compensation or salary history satisfy minimum or maximum criteria; or request or require as a condition of being interviewed, or as a condition of continuing to be considered for an offer of employment, that an applicant disclose prior wages or salary history; (3) seek the salary history of any prospective employee from any current or former employer; provided, however, that a prospective employee may provide written authorization to a prospective employer to confirm prior wages, including benefits or other compensation or salary history only after any offer of employment with compensation has been made to the prospective employee
There it is — right there in black and white on good old Bill.
Yes to progress.