• Equal Pay

Overview of Formal Guidance on Amendments to Massachusetts Equal Pay Act

2018-03-05T23:31:06+00:00 March 5th, 2018|Categories: Andrew R. Dennington, Human Resources Compliance, Laws & Regulations, Wage & Hour|

On March 1, 2018, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office issued its formal Guidance on the amendments to the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act (MEPA) taking effect on July 1, 2018. These amendments represent a significant change in the law, and employers will want to take prompt steps to determine if their pay practices

Massachusetts Passed Unprecedented Pay Equity Legislation. What Employers Should Know

2017-01-13T17:30:40+00:00 August 5th, 2016|Categories: Alexis P. Theriault, Andrew R. Dennington, Human Resources Compliance, Laws & 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 –

Non-Competition Agreement Reform Will Have to Wait Until Next Year…Again

2017-01-13T17:30:56+00:00 August 3rd, 2016|Categories: Alexis P. Theriault, Andrew R. Dennington, Human Resources Compliance, Laws & Regulations, Noncompete Agreements|

“Wait ‘til next year,” the unofficial slogan of fans of the Brooklyn Dodgers, is becoming equally applicable to proponents of reform to Massachusetts law concerning non-competition agreements. Massachusetts legislators have filed bills every year since 2009. Each has failed to be enacted into law. This year looked like it would be the year. The House

Pre-Suit Tender Of Unpaid Wages May Limit An Employer’s Exposure To Treble Damages Under Massachusetts Wage Act

2017-01-13T17:18:35+00:00 August 11th, 2015|Categories: Andrew R. Dennington, Human Resources Compliance, Laws & Regulations, Wage & Hour|

A recent decision by Superior Court Judge Thomas Drechsler offers guidance on how employers may reduce their exposure for treble damages under the Massachusetts Wage Act, G.L. c. 149, §§ 148, 150. In Littlefield v. Adcole Corporation, Judge Drechsler considered the case of an employer that failed to pay a discharged employee his earned wages