As was expected, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed S.2119, An Act to Establish Pay Equity in the Commonwealth into law last week.  The law updates existing equal pay laws and clarifies that companies must pay men and women the same when they do ‘comparable’ work rather just when they have the same job title, so that component is not an big issue from the business perspective.  The new law, which takes effect on July 1, 2018, also makes Massachusetts the first state in the nation to effectively ban job interview questions about the salary history of the applicant.  Similar to the “ban the box” laws in a number of states, the new standard specifically restricts what employers can ask of job applicants during the interview process.  Under the new law, applicants do not have to disclose their salary history until such time as they are offered a job and a specific level of compensation. Of course, they are free to voluntarily offer that information, but the employer can no longer ask for or require the applicant to provide it.