State’s Pay-equity Legislation Requires Some Planning

Earlier this month, Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker signed a new law aimed at strengthening pay equity for women in the Commonwealth.

The new law amends the state’s Equal Pay Act by imposing stringent equal pay obligations on employers. The purpose of the law is certainly commendable, but the legislation goes beyond pay-equity issues by prohibiting certain pay-related conduct that is routine in some workplaces, including asking job applicants about their wage history and requiring employees not to discuss compensation.