The Massachusetts Legislature unanimously approved a pay equity bill at a rare Saturday session last week and sent it to Governor Charlie Baker for his approval.  If approved by the Governor – a sure bet, given the unanimous legislative vote in both branches, it will become the first pay equity law in the nation that specifically bars employers from asking job applicants to provide a salary history until a salary is formally offered.  The bill, which will take effect on July 1, 2018, allows for pay variations amongst employees doing “comparable work”, but only based on factors such as seniority or where earnings are determined according to specific production or sales targets.  Further, it encourages employers to correct compensation disparities internally over a three year self-evaluation process, but while correcting those disparities, employers would be prohibited from reducing salaries in order to bring themselves into compliance.  The legislation allows employees to freely discuss their current compensation with co-workers as they see fit.