INSIGHT: A Wave of Statewide Equal Pay Legislation Continues Despite the Trump Administration’s Move in the Opposite Direction

By: Mandana Massoumi
– Bloomberg Law Daily Labor Report
A wave of new legislation continues to span the country as states ban questions about salary history to help close the gender pay gap. This wave of new equal pay protections at the state and local levels is not slowing down and seems to contradict the direction the Trump administration has gone on this issue, peeling back many of the equal pay initiatives previously introduced during President Obama’s time in office. Most recently, Massachusetts put a new gender equal pay law (Senate Bill 2119) into effect on July 1; it was the first new law of its kind for the state since 1945.