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Pay Equity Matters: Mind the Gap

Posts from December 2018.

Do a flutist and an oboist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) perform comparable work? What about an Executive Director in the Office of Language Learners and an Executive Director in the Office of Human Capital for the Boston public school system? These are the essential questions that courts in Massachusetts are currently grappling with under the new Massachusetts Equal Pay Act (MEPA), which requires businesses to pay men and women equally for “comparable work.”

The Illinois House of Representatives and Senate recently voted to override Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of proposed changes to the Illinois Equal Pay Act, meaning that employers will soon be required to comply with new set of pay equity obligations. The changes will now be part of state law effective January 1, 2019. What do employer need to know about these new requirements?

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Suffolk County joins New York City, Albany County, and Westchester County to become the latest jurisdiction in New York to ban employers from asking about a job applicant’s salary history. The Restrict Information Regarding Salary and Earnings (the “RISE” Act) was passed by the Suffolk County legislature on November 20 and signed into law by Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone on November 30. The effective date will be here before you know it; what do employers need to know about the new law?

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