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State Representative Michael Day Helps to Pass Monumental Salary Transparency Bill

BOSTON – In an effort to help close the gender and racial wage gap in Massachusetts, Representative Michael S. Day voted with his colleagues in the House of Representatives to pass the “Frances Perkins Workplace Equity Act,” a bill that requires employers with 25 or more employees to disclose a salary range when posting a position and protects an employee’s right to ask for salary ranges in the workplace.

In Greater Boston, women on average were paid 70 cents for every dollar earned by a man in 2021, according to the Boston Women’s Workforce Council. This gap widens among communities of color, with Black and Latina women face wage gaps of 51 and 55 cents, respectively, for every dollar a white man receives.

“This bill will help address systemic inequalities in our workforce by bringing more transparency to the marketplace and protecting employees who inquire about potentially unfair work practices,” said Representative Michael S. Day (D-Stoneham). “In passing this bill, we are taking an important step forward in ensuring that Massachusetts employees are compensated based on their skill rather than their gender or race.”

If signed into law, Massachusetts would become the eleventh state to mandate pay transparency by requiring employers to disclose salary ranges, according to the National Women’s Law Center. Named after Frances Perkins, the first woman to serve as the United States Secretary of Labor and a Boston native, this legislation builds on Massachusetts’ 2016 Equal Pay Act.

The bill also requires employers with more than 100 employees to share their federal equal employment opportunity reports with the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and directs that office to aggregate and make public in order to help identify gender and racial wage gaps by industry outliers.

Having passed the Massachusetts House of Representatives 148-8, the bill now moves to the Senate for their consideration.


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