Wrongful Termination

Employee Handbooks are Valuable Tools, but Present Dangers when not Followed

There’s no question that employee handbooks are an invaluable tool for managers. In my view, few  should be without the benefits they bring in terms of both communicating with workers … more


Massachusetts Sick Leave Law Takes Effect Today

Effective today, July 1, 2015, all Massachusetts employees enjoy guaranteed sick leave benefits. The law that was approved by voter referendum last November mandates that every employee receive one hour … more


Massachusetts Domestic Workers Bill of Rights Takes Effect April 1, 2015

The new Massachusetts domestic workers statute — captioned in the Legislature as a “Bill of Rights” for this class of employees — is set to take effect on April 1. … more


Massachusetts Amends Maternity Leave Act to Cover Both Men and Women

It’s official: men are equal to women when it comes to maternity leave in the Commonwealth. Some 6-plus years after the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) announced that it would … more


Searches for Reasonable Accommodations Require Good Faith from Employer and Employee Alike

When it comes to reasonably accommodating employees with disabilities, the process of determining what can be done is a two-way street, at least at the federal level. So says a … more


Court Declines to Expand the Massachusetts At-Will Employment Rule

Once again, Massachusetts has rejected an employee’s effort to expand the public policy exception to the at-will employment rule. This time, a fired worked argued that public policy should prevent … more


Whistle Blowers and Massachusetts Law

When an employee decides it’s time to blow the whistle on employer misconduct or that of a fellow worker, employees are well advised to do a bit of homework first. … more


Employers Need Not Pay Legal Fees to Discrimination Employees who Don’t Win Damages

Employers facing discrimination lawsuits got a bit of help from the Massachusetts Court of Appeals recently when it held that employees cannot force them to repay their legal fees unless … more


Avoiding Handicap Law Violations Requires Caution in a Variety of Circumstances

All employers know, or certainly should know by now, that they have a duty to reasonably accommodate workers with disabilities. Still, cases in this area of law abound at the MCAD, … more


Limits Quickly Placed on Associational Discrimination Lawsuits

Not so fast, says the Massachusetts Court of Appeals. On the heels of the state’s highest court’s ruling that employees can sue their employers for discrimination against them based on … more