Talking About Pay

On July 1, 2018, an updated equal pay law went into effect in Massachusetts, providing more clarity on what is unlawful wage discrimination. The Massachusetts Equal Pay Act (MEPA) states that employers cannot discriminate against employees because of their gender when deciding and paying wages. The objective of MEPA is to ensure pay equity and to decrease the gender wage gap.
With the new revised law, during the recruiting, selection and hiring process Hiring Managers:

  • Can no longer seek or ask candidates for their current salary or salary history at any time during the interview and selection process which includes: phone interviews, in person interviews, references (with a current or former employer) etc.
  • You are able to ask candidates, “What are your salary expectations for this role?”
  • The BU Employment Application has been revised to reflect the changes. Salary history is no longer included.

For further questions, please contact your Talent Acquisition Specialist.

To learn more about MEPA visit MassGov.