On August 1, 2016, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law what some commenters have described as one of the toughest equal pay laws in the nation. The new law, which goes into effect on July 1, 2018, aims to eliminate the wage gap between male and female workers. It greatly expands upon the Commonwealth’s previous prohibitions on pay discrimination, defining what constitutes “comparable work” for the purposes of assessing gender-based pay gaps, and sets forth legitimate reasons that justify paying employees who perform comparable work differently. The new law also bans employers from prohibiting employees from discussing wages in the workplace, and contains first-in-the-nation restrictions on employer inquiries into a prospective employee’s wage history.
Attend this cutting-edge program to hear an overview of the new law and practical analysis of its requirements from an expert panel of employment lawyers. Panelists share their diverse perspectives on the law and discuss what employers should be doing between now and when the law goes into effect to prepare. Whether you represent workers or employers, the program helps you make sense of the new law and understand how it alters the legal landscape with respect to pay discrimination in the Commonwealth.
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