Heidi Hartmann

Heidi Hartmann , an economist, is the president and founder of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

Updated August 15, 2016, 3:20 AM

The new Act to Establish Pay Equity in Massachusetts is similar to voluntary moves by Google and other companies that have changed their hiring policies to base a salary offer on the market rate of the job, not on previous compensation.

The Massachusetts law also improves pay transparency by forbidding employers from discouraging workers to compare notes on their salaries.

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