Massachusetts Employment Law Updates – 2018

Massachusetts Employment Law Updates – 2018

April
April 13 – Gov. Baker signed a law modify the state’s fair chance (ban the box) rules

On April 13, 2018, Governor Baker signed Senate Bill 2371. This new law modifies the state’s existing ban the box, fair chance law which governs employer use of criminal records in the hiring process by:

  • limiting the time period employers may ask employees about misdemeanor convictions to three years
  • prohibiting employers from inquiring about sealed or expunged criminal records.
The new law becomes effective on October 13, 2018.

March
March 12 – The Attorney General’s office issued guidance on upcoming changes to the state’s equaly pay law

On April 13, 2018, the Attorney General’s office issued a informational document entitled An Act to Establish Pay Equity: Overview and Frequently Asked Questions that discusses changes to the state’s Equaly Pay Act that go into effect on July 1, 2018.