- An Act to Establish Equal Pay (S.983, H.1733)
This bill would take a number of action steps in securing pay equity in the Commonwealth. Building upon the previous Comparable Work bill, the Pay Equity bill calls for the same wages be allocated for positions of comparable skill, effort, and responsibility notwithstanding gender. In order to do so, the bill bars employers from restricting employees in discussing their wages, benefits or other compensation. Further, through its employee protections and safeguards for pay transparency this bill expands the research, study, and development of definitions with respect to the topics of: pay equity and comparable work, traditional gender roles and the workplace, comparable skill, effort, responsibility and working conditions and the legitimacy of merit-based work systems.
- An Act Providing for Equitable Coverage in Disability Policies (H.783)
This bill would end sex discrimination in disability insurance policies. Currently, state-regulated disability insurance is classified by sex, and filings at the Division of Insurance show different premiums for men and women with the same job classification. Women pay upwards of 75% more than their male co-workers do for the same insurance. Passing this legislation would end this discrimination and would put disability insurance amongst the many other types of insurance that are legally barred from discriminating based on sex.
- Hampden County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls (S.1080)
Lead Sponsor: Sen. Anne Gobi
This bill would establish a regional commission on the status of women and girls in the Hampden County. The commission will be composed of nine members with staggered terms that will recommend policies and make recommendations to state and local agencies based on the information gathered from periodically held hearings and testimonies of the area.
- Hampshire/Franklin Counties Commission on the Status of Women (H.1867)
Lead Sponsor: Rep. Ellen Story
This bill would establish a joint nine-member commission on the status of women in the Hampshire and Franklin counties. Representing the variety of the towns and municipalities in the Hampshire and Franklin counties, this commission will advocate for women through regular hearings and policy recommendations.
- An Act Relative to Healthy Youth (H.448)
This bill recognizes that many students are without health education, but when health education is offered the legislation aims to ensure that students receiving sexuality education have the right information so they can make the best decisions to protect their health. If schools are teaching sexuality education, then it must be age-appropriate, comprehensive, and medically accurate.
- An Act Establishing a Family Medical Leave and Temporary Disability Leave Insurance Program (H.1718)
Lead Sponsors: Rep. Kenneth Gordon
This bill establishes employee rights to family medical leave or temporary disability leave in the event of the following: the birth of a child of the employee, the placement of a child with the employee for adoption or foster care, the necessity of an employee to care for a family member that has been diagnosed with a serious health condition for a period of time. Further, the bill safeguards the position, compensation, status, and benefits of the employee upon return from leave so long as ample notice to the employer is given.
- An Act Establishing the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
This bill provides safeguards for employees with conditions of pregnancy, childbirth, and other related aspects. The bill allots for ‘reasonable accommodations’ be taken and provided by the employer. These accommodations included but are not limited to: more or frequent breaks, time off to recover from childbirth, acquisition or modification of equipment, seating, temporary transfer to a less strenuous or hazardous position, job restructuring, light duty, break time and private non-bathroom space for expressing breast milk, assistance with manual labor, or modified work schedule.
- Resolution to Encourage Equitable and Diverse Gender Representation on the Boards of Companies in the Commonwealth
Filed By: Sen. Karen Spilka
This resolution addresses the mere 14.9% of board seats and the 11.8% of executive officer positions that women hold in 100 of the largest public companies within the Commonwealth. The resolution encourages the equitable and diverse gender representation in the public and private leadership ranks of Massachusetts companies and state government as well as those companies that do their business in the Commonwealth. Further, the resolution calls for the number of women and total number of individuals on their boards of directors be publicly disclosed, in the aim that all corporate boards with nine or more members have a minimum of two female directors.