Feb 09, 2016

Mass. Senate Passes Pay Equity Act

The Massachusetts Senate voted on Thursday, January 28 to pass a bill that would strengthen the Commonwealth’s pay equity law.
 
Senators voted 37-0 to pass Senate Bill 2107, which clarifies the definition “comparable work,” prohibits employers from preventing employees from talking to each other about their paychecks, and increases the fines for pay equity violations. The bill, if passed, would also prevent employers from reducing the pay of employees to comply with the pay equity law, clarifies the conditions under which variations in pay for comparable work would be acceptable, and allows the state’s attorney general to bring legal action to collect unpaid wages on behalf of employees impacted by illegal wage inequity.
 
Although NAGE members are currently protected under wage equity language in our contract with the Commonwealth, NAGE supports the measure to bring wage equity to all workers in Massachusetts.
Bobbi Kaplan, executive vice president of Unit 6 Local 207, testified before the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development on July 21 for earlier versions of this bill. You can see Kaplan’s testimony to the committee in the video below.
 
NAGE will continue to advocate for the passage of the bill when it goes to the House of Representatives. We will bring you updates on the bill’s progress as news becomes available. 

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