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Trump’s Labor Department Rescinds Guidance Letters on Employee Misclassification and Joint Employment

June 8th, 2017|Categories: Alexis P. Theriault, DOL, FLSA, Human Resources Compliance, Independent Contractor, Labor Law & NLRB, Laws and Regulations, NLRB, Regulatory Compliance|

In a Trump administration that typically acts with great fanfare, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta quietly announced the immediate withdrawal of two administrative guidance letters issued during the Obama administration. The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a three-sentence news release on Wednesday, reporting that Secretary Acosta had withdrawn the

Alert: Revised Form I-9 Now Available

December 12th, 2016|Categories: Human Resources Compliance, Laws and Regulations, Mary E. (Beth) O'Neal|

On November 14, 2016 USCIS released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. While employers may continue using Form I-9 with a revision date of 03/08/2013 N. through January 21, 2017, by January 22, 2017, employers must use the revised form. Form I-9 may be Downloaded for Easier Use The new Form

Will the Legalization of Marijuana Impact your Business?

November 30th, 2016|Categories: Daniel Fishman, Discrimination & Harrassment, Labor Law & NLRB, Thomas J. Gallitano, Uncategorized|

On November 8, 2016, Massachusetts voters approved Question 4 to legalize the possession and recreational use of marijuana. The ballot initiative passed by a 53.6% to 46.4% margin. The law comes into effect quickly: recreational use and possession of marijuana will be legal for adults 21 years old or older on December 15, 2016 while

Breaking News: Judge Prevents Overtime Rule Implementation Nationally

November 23rd, 2016|Categories: Daniel Fishman, FLSA, Thomas J. Gallitano|

On November 22, a federal district court judge in Texas issued a temporary injunction that prevents the Department of Labor’s overtime rule from going into effect nationally. The overtime rule would have raised the minimum yearly salary to qualify under the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) white collar exemptions from $23,660 to $47,476. For an

New Transgender Anti-Discrimination Law – What You Need to Know

September 20th, 2016|Categories: Daryl K. Zules, Discrimination & Harrassment, Human Resources Compliance, Laws and Regulations, Thomas J. Gallitano|

On July 6, 2016, Governor Charles D. Baker signed into law Senate Bill 2407: An Act relative to transgender anti-discrimination, codified at G.L. c. 272 §§ 92, 92A, and 98. Effective October 1, 2016, this new law formally prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity in places of public accommodation. Gender identity is now

A Refresher on Retaliation Based on the EEOC’s Revised Retaliation Guidance

September 7th, 2016|Categories: Alexis P. Theriault, Discrimination & Harrassment, Human Resources Compliance, Litigation, MCAD & EEOC, Thomas J. Gallitano|

Retaliation is now the most frequently alleged basis of discrimination. The number of retaliation claims has doubled since 1998. In fiscal year 2015, retaliation accounted for nearly 45% of the claims the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received. Despite this, the Commission had not revised its guidance on retaliation since it was first issued in 1998.

Retaliation – The Basics

September 1st, 2016|Categories: Alexis P. Theriault, Discrimination & Harrassment, Human Resources Compliance, Litigation, MCAD & EEOC, Thomas J. Gallitano|

Retaliation “occurs when an employer takes a materially adverse action because an individual has engaged in, or may engage in, activity in furtherance of the EEO laws the Commission enforces.” See EEOC Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation and Related Issues. These laws include Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII), the

Massachusetts Passed Unprecedented Pay Equity Legislation. What Employers Should Know

August 5th, 2016|Categories: Alexis P. Theriault, Andrew R. Dennington, Human Resources Compliance, Laws and Regulations, MCAD & EEOC, Wage & Hour|

On August 1, 2016, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law the Act to Establish Pay Equity (the “Act”) which becomes effective July 1, 2018. The Act makes three significant changes to existing law. First, and most importantly, it prohibits employers from inquiring about a prospective employee’s salary history. This is a groundbreaking provision –

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