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HR Compliance News: Massachusetts Passes Pay Equity Act

On August 1, 2016, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law An Act to Establish Pay Equity (the “Pay Equity Act”). The main purpose of the law is strengthen the state’s existing equal pay law and to impose certain new obligations and limitations on employers.

While this law will not be effective until July 1, 2018, it is recommended that employers start taking steps now to become familiar with how this law may impact their business. To help in that regard, we will be holding a seminar on September 21, 2016 that will cover this important topic. David Wilson, a founding partner at the law firm Hirsch Roberts Weinstein, will be delivering a presentation that includes insight and guidance on steps that your company can take. We encourage you to RSVP today to reserve your seat for this seminar.

In the meantime, below is a brief overview of some key provisions within the law:

  • Requiring equal pay for comparable work: The new law defines “comparable work” as any work that requires “substantially similar skill, effort and responsibility, and is performed under similar working conditions.” Thus, even if the Job Titles may differ for two employees, if they are doing “comparable work”,  one may not receive lesser wages than the other.
  • Pay transparency and pay history:The new law prohibits employers from asking job applicants about salary history or seeking such information from an applicant’s current or former employer.

For additional details on this law, we encourage you to review the full Compliance Alert that has been published by Hirsch Roberts Weinstein here.


If you have any questions about how your company may be impacted by this law, we encourage you to attend our seminar on September 21st, 2016 at the Hilton in Woburn, MA. Please click here to reserve your seat. You may also call 781-759-1222 if you prefer to register via phone.

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