Last July, the Massachusetts legislature approved an Act to establish pay equity, commonly referred to as the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act. The law, which goes into effect on July 1, 2018, amends the current statutory prohibition against gender-based pay inequity by strengthening the protections offered to workers.
While we await the Massachusetts Attorney General’s regulations under the new law, employers should nevertheless begin planning for compliance.
This article, co-authored by Keating Advisors and Kurker Paget, an employment law firm in Greater Boston that advises and represents employers in a range of employment matters, answers some of the most frequently asked questions about the new law, offers employers information about the key components of the law, and provides suggestions for what they can do now to avoid liability when the law goes into effect.
With over two dozen states considering or having already enacted gender pay equity measures over the past two years, Keating Advisors recommends that our clients take steps to ensure that they are paying equitably.