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Massachusetts law about hiring employees

A compilation of laws, regulations, cases, and web sources on hiring employees law.

Massachusetts laws

MGL c.149 Labor and Industries
MGL c.151B Unlawful Discrimination
MGL c.151B, s.4 (9-1/2) An employer may not "request on its initial written application form criminal record information," unless very specific conditions apply
St.2016, c.177 An Act to Establish Pay Equity, Effective July 1, 2018. Employers may not ask about wage or salary history until after an offer of employment with compensation has been made.

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Massachusetts regulations

804 CMR 3 Discrimination in employment 

830 CMR 62E Wage reporting system 


Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9), US Dept. of Homeland Security (see additional resources below)
Form required of new employees to verify identity and employment eligibility — can be filled out online and saved or printed. Includes a list of acceptable forms of identification.

Handbook for Employers: Instructions for Completing the Form I-9, US Dept. of Homeland Security 
Extensive (65 page) document provides answers to key questions such as "What Happens if I Hire an Illegal Alien?"

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Web sources

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Last update: September 2, 2016


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