HR 101: Did you know?

Did you hear about the Massachusetts Equal Pay law that was signed into law last year? Though it does not take effect until July 1, 2018, you can begin preparing now.

The law is designed to eliminate the pay gap between men and women and includes a few key provisions. It prohibits differences in pay for "comparable work", it allows employers to demonstrate due diligence undertaken to eliminate gaps as a defense, it prohibits employers from asking job applicants about their salary history during the selection process and allows employees to freely discuss pay without retribution.

Things you can be doing now? Conducting a self-evaluation to determine if there are gender gaps in pay and taking steps to eliminate those that are solely due to gender. (Note: you may have pay differences for comparable roles as long as it is based on objective and quantifiable factors) Eliminating salary history questions from your application and hiring process. Promoting more transparency on salary ranges for positions with your existing employees.

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