the legislation

An Act Relative to Transparency in the Workplace

In 2021, in a moment when racial and gender equity at work is not only the right thing to do but also essential to a fully vibrant Massachusetts economy, Wage Equity Now introduced legislation to make employers’ wage and power gaps transparent.

An Act Relative to Transparency in the Workplace (Bills H.2020 and S.1196) is a foundational step for eliminating racial and gender wage gaps in Massachusetts. It requires all employers—private, non-profit and governmental—with 100 or more employees to report the average wages by gender, race, and ethnicity for the entire organization, and also to report the proportions of the top 10 earners by race, gender, and ethnicity. Most critically, it requires release of this data to the public at the institutional level to provide for comparative analysis, establish accountability, and measure progress.

House Bill 2020

Sponsored by Representatives Elizabeth A. Malia and Liz Miranda

senate Bill 1196

Sponsored by Senator Paul R. Feeney