Important information: Updated Law Goes Into Effect July 1, 2018; AG’s Office launching new website, webinar series to educate employers. Below is the news release from March 1, 2018:
BOSTON – To ensure that employers are prepared for the updated Massachusetts Equal Pay Act to go into effect this summer, Attorney General Maura Healey today issued new guidance with detailed information and online resources.
The amended law will go into effect on July 1. It provides greater clarity as to what constitutes gender-based wage discrimination, adds new protections for workers, and incentivizes employers to address gender-based pay disparities.
“More than 70 years after Massachusetts became the first state to pass an equal pay law, we still have not achieved equality in our state. We’ve now updated that law to be among the strongest in the country and taken an important step toward closing a gender pay gap that hurts Massachusetts women and families,” AG Healey said. “I thank our many partners for their help in drafting this guidance, which will assist employers in identifying and eliminating unlawful wage disparities. Working together, we can create a stronger and more equitable economy for everyone.”