On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) into law in response to the public health emergency caused by COVID-19. This is a sweeping legislation that has an immediate impact on millions of employees and employers. The FFCRA is divided into eight sections (Divisions
On Monday, March 23, 2020, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker issued a stay-at-home advisory for the Commonwealth to begin at noon (12:00 pm EST) on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. The advisory will remain in effect until noon, Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Additionally, an order has been issued for all non-essential businesses to close, effective noon
As the COVID-19 pandemic response continues to have a major impact on individuals and businesses on a global scale, we are working to stay abreast of the latest updates for our clients.
Beware of the Wage Act – Review Pay Plans for Commission Based Inside Salespersons and Stay Alert for Future Claims
In early May, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that 100% commission-based inside salespersons are entitled to separate, additional overtime pay and premium pay for Sunday work. The decision, Sullivan v. Sleepy’s LLC, underscored the importance of tracking the hours employees work, regardless of the total value of their compensation.
DOL Final Rule Raises Minimum Salary Threshold for Employees Exempt from Overtime Pay Under the FLSA
On September 24, 2019, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a final rule that, when implemented, will raise the minimum salary threshold that white-collar employees must be paid to qualify as employees exempt from the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). The final rule raises
UPDATE: Paid Family and Medical Leave in Massachusetts – Contributions Delayed; Rate Increased; Amendments Adopted; Final Regulations Issued
Employers will now have extra time to comply with the Paid Family Medical Leave Act, G. L. c. 175M (“Act”), and more clarity on how to do so, thanks to delays implemented by state leaders and regulations issued by the Department of Family and Medical Leave (“Department”). On June 13,
On June 11, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, along with state house and senate leaders, agreed to a three-month extension for employers to begin collecting contributions under the Paid Family Medical Leave Act, G. L. c. 175M (“Act”), from July 1 to October 1. A joint statement issued by Governor Baker,
Groups Request Extension of Deadline to Begin Collecting Paid Family and Medical Leave Contributions and Propose Amendments to Law
On May 20, nine advocacy groups submitted a letter to state leaders requesting a three-month extension of the July 1 deadline to begin collecting contributions under the Paid Family Medical Leave Act, G. L. c. 175M (“Act”), to October 1, and proposing several amendments to the Act. Currently, employers must
On May 1, the Department of Family and Medical Leave (“Department”) extended two deadlines for employer obligations in complying with Paid Family Medical Leave Act, G. L. c. 175M (“Act”). First, the deadline for providing written notice to employees of the rights and benefits available under the Act has been