Prior Legislative Accomplishments
Pay Equity—passed August 1, 2016
The bill aims to help close the gender wage gap by preventing employers from requiring salary history on job applications, allows employees to discuss wages without fear of termination or retaliation from their employer, further defines comparable work and creates an incentive for businesses to do an internal wage audit.
Pregnant Workers Fairness Act—passed July 27, 2017
The new law makes it illegal for employers to not hire a woman because she is pregnant and requires companies to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees at their request. A few examples would be access to a lactation room, more frequent or longer breaks, transfer to a less strenuous position and/or time off to recover after childbirth.
Commissions on the Status of Women and Girls—passed March 15, 2017
Each new regional commission will be comprised of nine commissioners and will represent the variety of municipalities in their respective territories. The commissions will advocate for women and girls and will report to the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. The passage of this bill ensures every municipality in the Commonwealth is included in a regional commission on the status of women and girls.
Advancing Contraception Coverage and Economic Security in our State (ACCESS)—passed November 20, 2017
Massachusetts is now the first state in the nation to protect and expand access to contraceptives by requiring insurers to cover all FDA-approved contraceptives without cost-sharing. This safeguards the 1.4 million women in Massachusetts who already have access to no-pay birth control.