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Attorney General Issues Guidance on Massachusetts Pay Equity Legislation

Effective July 1, 2018, a number of significant changes to the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act  will start to impact employers. As a brief overview, the changes to the law primarily focus on:

  • 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.

To help employers further prepare for these changes, the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General launched a dedicated web page on March 1, 2018. The website contains guidance, detailed information about the law, calculation tools, and more.

We encourage all clients to visit this new online resource at:


If you have any questions about how this law may impact your business, please contact our team at 781-7559-1222.

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