Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Beacon Hill considering expanding equal pay law

The Massachusetts Legislature is considering a change to its equal pay law to clarify when the law's requirement of equal pay for "comparable" work is triggered.  The law currently prohibits employers from paying different wages to women and women for "work of like or comparable character," but does not define the meaning of "comparable."  The proposed amendment to Section 105A of Chapter 149 of the Massachusetts General Laws would make work "comparable" according to an evaluation of the "skill, effort, responsibility and working conditions between employees of the opposite sex." 

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