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November 29, 2023
Dear Conference Committee Members,
On behalf of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and our 1,200 members, I write to offer comments on H.4109/S.2484, An Act relative to salary range transparency. Having partnered with the Legislature to support and pass historic pay equity legislation effective in 2018, the Chamber has long prioritized measures to address wage inequality in Massachusetts. We appreciate the Legislature’s willingness to engage with the business community to find practical public policy solutions that support pay equity in the workplace while ensuring new legal requirements on employers are feasible and clear.
We sincerely thank the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development, and the Members of both the House and the Senate for continuing to partner with the Chamber on this issue and the important changes made throughout the legislative process that strengthened the bill. These improvements include clearer definitions of pay range and postings, tightening language related to salary disclosures for promotions and transfers, narrowing the retaliation provision, including a 2-year right to cure, and adopting a 1-year implementation timeframe. Both H.4100 and S.2468 address many of the Chamber’s policy concerns outlined in our May testimony and demonstrate the Legislature’s willingness to engage and address employers’ implementation priorities.
As you consider a final agreement on this legislation, the Chamber takes this opportunity to offer final suggestions to facilitate successful implementation by employers of the legislation’s new requirements:
Thank you again for your consideration, and please reach out with any questions.
James E. Rooney President and CEO
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