The legislative lowdown: October 2023

We have officially entered the last quarter of 2023, and we are seeing many state legislatures finalize their bills for the new year. While there has not been much significant movement, we have seen one state make major strides towards pay transparency.


On October 19, 2023, the Massachusetts House and Senate each passed a pay transparency and pay data reporting bill. While the two are quite similar, both chambers need to agree on language for one, final bill. We anticipate that this will happen in the next few weeks, and a finalized version is then expected to be sent to Governor Maura Healey for signature.

Here’s what we know now:

Pay data reporting

If signed by Governor Healey, Massachusetts’s pay data reporting requirement will be very similar to the laws we currently see in California and Illinois. Employers with at least 100 employees who are subject to either EEO-1, EEO-3, or EEO-5 reporting requirements would be required to file a wage data report. Employers who must file an EEO-1 will have to submit a Massachusetts wage data report each year, while other employers will be required to file every two years.

The wage data report must include workplace demographics and pay data categorized by race, ethnicity, sex, and job category. These reports will be published by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce and available to the public on their website.

Pay transparency

If passed, employers with 25 or more employees in Massachusetts would be required to share pay ranges in job postings, with an employee for a transfer/promotion, or upon request by an employee or candidate. This portion of the bill is silent on whether the requirement would apply to general, remote job postings. Stay tuned while we wait for additional guidance.

Colorado equal pay transparency update

Colorado is expected to pass rules that will clarify Colorado’s “Ensure Equal Pay for Equal Work” Act. This new law will go into effect on January 1, 2024. The clarifications will attempt to elucidate some ambiguous portions of the new law. Stay tuned!

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