Massachusetts Adds “Natural Hairstyle” as a Protected Category to Anti-Discrimination Laws

The list of characteristics protected by Massachusetts anti-discrimination laws has become a bit longer with the addition of “natural hairstyle” ...
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Upcoming Juneteenth Holiday Means Retail Employers cannot Require Work, must Pay Premium Wages

As the newest of the nation’s holidays approaches this coming Sunday, to be recognized in Massachusetts on Monday, June 20, ...
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Federal Government Bans Mandatory Arbitration in Workplace Sexual Assault and Harassment Cases

The federal government recently acted to permit employees who allege sexual assault or sexual harassment to avoid mandatory arbitration provisions ...
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SJC Rules that Employers are Liable for Triple Damages and Legal Fees For any Late Payment of Wages, Regardless of Reason

Reversing a years-long, widely accepted approach by employment attorneys and courts, Massachusetts’ highest court ruled early this month that, regardless ...
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Court Rules that Employers Cannot Punish Employees for Rebutting Negative Personnel File Material

After about three years of litigation that featured a dismissal of his lawsuit and a loss at the Massachusetts Court ...
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Contribution and Benefit Rates for Massachusetts Family and Medical Leave are Set to Change January 1, 2022

As the second full year of the Massachusetts paid family leave law nears, the department that runs the program recently ...
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New Federal Regulation will Clarify when Employers can Pay the Tip Rate instead of Massachusetts’ Minimum Wage

The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) is issuing new rules on when employers can pay their workers  less than the ...
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Massachusetts Extends Emergency Paid Sick Leave Benefits to April 1, 2022

The Massachusetts legislature recently voted to extend the state’s emergency COVID-19 sick leave law from September 20, 2021, when it ...
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It’s Time for Employers to Mandate COVID-19 Vaccinations for their Workers

Coronavirus restrictions may be lessened, but dealing with COVID-19 continues to challenge area employers. At the top of the list ...
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Navigating a Wage and Hour Audit

They can come from either of two governmental agencies, one federal and the other part of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s ...
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Massachusetts Moves Towards Making COVID-Related Sick Leave Mandatory

With COVID threats dissipating but not yet gone, Massachusetts is moving toward enacting a law that would require employers to ...
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