Changes to Massachusetts Equal Pay Law Coming in July 2018

UPDATES TO THE MASSACHUSETTS PAY EQUITY ACT

In an effort to remedy perceived pay inequities based on gender, the Massachusetts legislature recently passed An Act to Establish Pay Equity, which amended the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act (“MEPA”). MEPA prohibits gender discrimination in the payment of “wages.” The changes to MEPA will take effect on July 1, 2018. Last month, the Massachusetts Attorney General published guidelines to help employers as they prepare to comply with the changes. This Advisory summarizes the most significant changes to MEPA and provides recommendations for employers.

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