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Massachusetts Pay Equity Law Focus of Lunch n Learn

April 17, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., April 17, 2018  The Springfield Regional Chamber’s May Lunch ‘n Learn program will focus on the Massachusetts Pay Equity Law, which goes into effect on July 1, 2018. The seminar will be presented by Skoler, Abbott & Presser on May 10, 2018, from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at The Colony Club, 1500 Main Street, Springfield and underwritten by the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County.

Attorneys John Gannon and Kimberly Klimczuk will analyze the amended Massachusetts Pay Equity Law and the recent released guidance from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.

Skoler, Abbott & Presser is one of the largest law firms in New England exclusively representing management and employers in the fields of labor relations and employment law.

The amended Massachusetts Pay Equity Law, which goes into effect on July 1, 2018, imposes significant responsibility on businesses to ensure equal pay to employees of different genders for “comparable” work. But what is “comparable” work, and when is it acceptable to pay employees differently based on the job itself or their tenure with the company? What is the legal risk associated with failure to comply with the Pay Equity Law and what can be done to mitigate this risk?

In addition to answering these questions, Attorneys Gannon and Klimczuk will also discuss a unique feature of the law: an affirmative defense against Massachusetts Pay Equity Law claims for employers that have completed a “good faith” pay audit and can demonstrate that “reasonable progress” has been made towards eliminating unlawful wage disparities.

Reservations for the Lunch ‘n Learn are $30 for members ($35 at the door) and $40 for general admission ($45 at the door) and include networking, lunch, presentation and question and answer session. Reservations may be made online at www.springfieldregionalchamber.com or by contacting Jessica Hill at hill@springfieldregionalchamber.com.

 

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