March 25, 2019
Attorney General Offers Guide to New Equal Pay Law

March 6, 2018 — The Massachusetts attorney general's office last week issued guidance on the new equal pay law that takes effect July 1, along with resources that nonprofits can use to assess if they are paying employees equally for comparable work.

The new law is intended to provide greater clarity on what constitutes unlawful wage discrimination and adds protections to ensure greater fairness and equity in the workplace.

Angela Snyder, an employment attorney with the law firm of Foley & Foley, PC, recently posted an Expert Advice column on the subject.

The attorney general's office has provided the following:
  • Overview – An outline of the law's key provisions, including history of the issue, which dates back to 1945 when Massachusetts became the first state in the country to pass an equal pay law.

  • Guidance on the Massachusetts Pay Equity Act — A 30-page overview that includes frequently asked questions relating to covered employees, definitions of comparable work and wages, conversations that are prohibited, and steps employers can take to defend themselves, among other issues.

  • Calculation Tool — This sample calculation tool is intended as a starting point for employers who choose to conduct a self-evaluation to determine if they are paying employees equally for comparable work. Employers don’t have to use this tool, but is intended to assist employers in gathering and analyzing relevant information. It consists of three worksheets:
    • Employee Data – Will calculate each employee’s average and total compensation, which reflect each employee’s effective hourly rate before and after bonus or other incentive pay.

    • Calculation Tool – Intended to help employers identify areas in which they may have potential liability for paying male and female employees unequally for comparable work.

    • Review/Gap Calculator – Will calculate the gap, if any, between each individual employee’s compensation (base and total) as compared to the average for the job grouping.
  • Webinar Registration – The attorney general's office will host a webinar on March 22, from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
For more details, click here.

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