Boston Area Chamber of Commerce Announces Support of Equal Pay Legislation
An important endorsement!
STATEMENT ON PAY EQUITY LEGISLATION FROM JAMES E. ROONEY,
PRESIDENT & CEO, GREATER BOSTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Katie Hauser 617.557.7354
January 27, 2016
“As the leading business organization for professional women in the Boston region, with the largest women’s network in New England, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce is proud to be a vocal supporter of the pay equity legislation currently under review in the legislature. Fifty percent of the Greater Boston workforce is made up of women, yet studies show that even in 2016, women are earning significantly less on average than their male counterparts. And wage inequality not only affects businesses, it also has a negative impact on families and the overall Massachusetts economy.
The proposed legislation is a result of thoughtful collaboration between lawmakers and Attorney General Maura Healey’s office. We are especially pleased that the Chamber was able to communicate direct feedback from our members to help inform a final version of the bill that supports both employees and employers by bringing greater guidance to differences in pay while preventing baseless lawsuits and burdensome regulations. The final bill provides helpful and needed clarification to existing state wage equity laws such as clarifying what is “like” or “comparable” work, and lists a number of bona fide factors that can be taken into consideration for wage differentials. Importantly, the legislation does not create any new reporting requirements for employers.
I am grateful for and particularly impressed by the willingness of the attorney general’s office and lawmakers to work collaboratively on this important issue. Thank you to Attorney General Maura Healey, Senator Karen Spilka, Senator Dan Wolf, and Senator Patricia Jehlen for ensuring that women in the Commonwealth are treated equally and paid fairly for their important contributions to our state’s economy while being mindful of the needs of employers.”
About the Greater Boston Chamber
The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce is the region’s leading business association connecting 1,500 businesses of all sizes from virtually every industry and profession. We help Greater Boston-area businesses grow and succeed through strategic networking events, influential business advocacy, exclusive leadership development programs, and initiatives that foster the region’s innovation economy. For more information, visit www.bostonchamber.com.
Full statement pdf here: 01.27.16-Statement-from-Boston-Chamber-on-Pay-Equity-Legislation