In a recent decision, the Supreme Judicial Court in Mui v. Massachusetts Port Authority held that unused sick time does not constitute “wages” under the Massachusetts Wage Act. The Court’s holding is attuned to previous holdings which have refused to expand the meaning of “wages” under the Massachusetts Wage Act. Learn more about the case and what led to their decision.
The Massachusetts Pay Equity law goes into effect on July 1, 2018. The law intends to prohibit pay inequity by gender for “comparable work.” The Pay Equity law broadens and strengthens the protections afforded under current law by changing the analysis from “equal pay for equal work” to equal pay for “comparable work.” Additionally, employers may not restrict or forbid discussion of salary among employees.