2016 Minimum Wages

2016-12-15T17:48:30+00:00 December 29th, 2015|Categories: Adam M. Santeusanio, Mary E. (Beth) O'Neal, Wage & Hour|

Many states and local jurisdictions will increase their minimum wage in 2016. No increase will be made to the federal minimum wage. Click the link below for a chart that lists the jurisdictions where increases are to be effective in 2016 and the corresponding dates. Minimum Wages Chart The listed wage rates do not

Meal Breaks in the Workplace: Food for Thought

2017-01-13T17:16:24+00:00 September 29th, 2015|Categories: DOL, Human Resources Compliance, Kathleen O'Toole, Laws & Regulations, Mary E. (Beth) O'Neal, Wage & Hour|

If you are an owner or manager of a business, do your employees take lunch breaks? If so, how long are their breaks? Are the breaks paid or unpaid? Massachusetts provides strict protections for employees with respect to meal breaks, as well as harsh penalties for employers who fail to comply. An overview of the

Update on the DOL’s Extension of FLSA Minimum Wage and Overtime Protections to Certain Home Care Workers

2016-12-15T18:04:13+00:00 September 15th, 2015|Categories: DOL, FLSA, Katherine Kelter, Mary E. (Beth) O'Neal, Wage & Hour|

In our blog post on September 1, 2015, we discussed the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit’s recent affirmation of a Department of Labor (“DOL”) final rule that extends the minimum wage and overtime protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) to certain classes of home care workers. When issuing

Federal Circuit Upholds Department of Labor Regulation Excluding Home Care Workers Employed by Third-Party Agencies from Minimum Wage and Overtime Pay Exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act

2017-01-13T17:17:54+00:00 September 1st, 2015|Categories: DOL, FLSA, Katherine Kelter, Mary E. (Beth) O'Neal, Wage & Hour|

In a case that highlights the ever-evolving landscape of home health services, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has upheld a United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) regulation extending the minimum wage and overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA” or “Act”) to domestic service workers employed by third

What the Protected Class, Gender Identity, Means to Employers

2017-01-13T17:18:55+00:00 July 28th, 2015|Categories: Discrimination & Harassment, Human Resources Compliance, Labor Law & NLRB, Mary E. (Beth) O'Neal, MCAD & EEOC|

Recap of Where Gender Identity is a Protected Class Nineteen states (Massachusetts, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont and Washington) and the District of Columbia expressly prohibit discrimination based upon gender identity, in both private and public employment. Six states (Indiana,

Update on Medical Marijuana Law and its Impact on Employment

2017-01-13T17:21:04+00:00 June 22nd, 2015|Categories: Labor Law & NLRB, Laws & Regulations, Litigation, Mary E. (Beth) O'Neal, Wage & Hour|

In our blog posted on May 29 2015, we reviewed the issues surrounding the use by an employee of medical marijuana and its consequences in the workplace. Since then, a closely watched case pending before the Colorado Supreme Court was decided by the full court. Coats v. Dish Network, LLC, 2015 WL 3744265 (June 15,

Medical Marijuana Law and its Impact on Employment

2017-01-13T17:22:43+00:00 May 29th, 2015|Categories: Katherine Kelter, Litigation, Mary E. (Beth) O'Neal, MCAD & EEOC|

On Friday, May 22, 2015, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (“MCAD”) received what is believed to be the first complaint in the Commonwealth addressing the impact of medical marijuana use on a certified user’s employment. The case arises out of a Massachusetts woman’s use of medical marijuana for the treatment of Crohn’s disease and pits

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