The New Massachusetts Pay Equity Law

Our blog this week is being shared from the law firm of  Skoler Abbott and was a hot topic touched upon by our recent speaker, John Gannon Esq. at yesterday's FB CEO Seminar Series: Wage & Law Update.  We thank them for their participation in our seminar series over the last few years and encourage anyone who has questions about this or any other Wage & Law topic to contact them.

As we announced in a Client Alert last week, the Attorney General has issued guidance on Massachusetts’ new pay equity law, which goes into effect on July 1, 2018. The new law, An Act to Establish Pay Equity, amends the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act (MEPA) and aims to reduce the pay gap between men and women by providing a broader definition of “comparable work” and by limiting the acceptable reasons for paying people of different genders differently.  It also prohibits employers from seeking information regarding the salary history of job applicants and provides an affirmative defense to employers who complete a “good faith” self-evaluation of their pay practices and demonstrate “reasonable progress” toward eliminating any wage differentials. Overview

To read this article in full, you may use this link: A Closer Look at the AGO Guidance on Massachusetts’ New Pay Equity Law