New Gender Wage Discrimination Law

Posted on August 1, 2016

On August 1, 2016 Governor Baker signed a new law against gender wage discrimination. As an employer, what procedures do you have to change? How should you update your policy manual? Email [email protected] to find out.

S.2119, An Act to Establish Pay Equity, will go into effect on July 1, 2018.

The bill allows employees to freely discuss their salaries with coworkers but prohibits employers from requiring applicants to provide their salary history before receiving a formal job offer.

Under the new law, employers will be permitted to take certain attributes of an employee or applicant into account when determining variation in pay, like: their work experience, education, job training, or measurements of production, sales, or revenue.

The statute of limitations laid out currently under the Equal Pay statute will be expanded from one to three years and employees will no longer be required to pursue a general claim of intentional discrimination at the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination before filing a separate equal pay claim in court.

You can keep an eye on Bill S.2199 here.

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Susan L. Moran Attorney at Law