Massachusetts changes interview laws- is Oregon next?

The New York Times (August 2, 2016) posted an article announcing that The State of Massachusetts has become the first State to bar employers from asking applicants’ salary information before offering them a job in order to close the gender pay gap. (See full article here).

Are other states going to follow suit in efforts to close the gender pay gap?  Do we need to look at the way we interview and ask questions?  Should the question be based on “worth” vs. “what have you earned previously”?

According to the New York Times – In a groundbreaking effort to close the wage gap between men and women, Massachusetts has become the first state to bar employers from asking about applicants’ salaries before offering them a job.

The new law will require hiring managers to state a compensation figure upfront — based on what an applicant’s worth is to the company, rather than on what he or she made in a previous position.

The bipartisan legislation, signed into law on Monday by Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, is being pushed as a model for other states, as the issue of men historically outearning women who do the same job has leapt onto the national political scene.

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