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How to Comply with the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act

Author: Brian J. Lamoureux, Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O'Gara, LLC

The Massachusetts Equal Pay Act (MEPA) is amended by the Massachusetts Act to Establish Pay Equity (Act), as of July 1, 2018. The Act clarifies and amplifies an employer's obligations under MEPA and sets forth what an employer needs to do to ensure greater fairness and pay equity in the workplace. The Act further contains a wage disclosure provision to encourage pay transparency as well as a ban on salary history inquiries. Based on these changes, a prudent employer should take the following steps to ensure compliance with MEPA: