Preparing for the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act — Effective April 1, 2018

2018-03-19T16:16:42+00:00 March 19th, 2018|Categories: Accommodation of an Employee’s Pregnancy, Human Resources Compliance, Kathleen O'Toole, Laws & Regulations, PWFA|

The Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (the “Act”) goes into effect on April 1, 2018 and has immediate implications for all Massachusetts employers who employ six or more employees. Broadly speaking, the Act amends the current statute prohibiting discrimination in employment, G.L. c. 151B, §4, and prohibits discrimination on the

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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

Attorney General Issues Guidance on Massachusetts Pay Equity Legislation

2018-03-02T19:18:57+00:00 March 2nd, 2018|Categories: Alexis P. Theriault, Human Resources Compliance, Laws & Regulations, Wage & Hour|

We reported previously about the unprecedented changes to the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act that become effective on July 1, 2018. The new law provides more clarity regarding what constitutes unlawful wage discrimination and adds additional protections to promote greater fairness and equity in the workplace.

Employees need to do more than just whistle at work: Supreme Court requires whistleblowers to report to SEC to be protected by Dodd-Frank

2018-02-28T15:47:48+00:00 February 28th, 2018|Categories: Daniel Fishman, Human Resources Compliance|Tags: , , |

On February 21, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States narrowed the universe of whistleblowers who are protected by the powerful anti-retaliation provisions within the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank).

Massachusetts Bill Aims to Bar Waivers of Rights Related to Harassment, Discrimination, and Wage and Hour Claims in Employment Contracts

2018-02-28T20:55:41+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Catherine M. DiVita, Discrimination & Harassment, Human Resources Compliance, Laws & Regulations, Wage & Hour|Tags: |

Waivers of rights arising from harassment and discrimination claims and disputes over wages and benefits may not be enforceable in Massachusetts for much longer.

Have your Employees Been “Weinsteined?” (As Now Defined in the Urban Dictionary)

2018-01-31T21:41:07+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Categories: Discrimination & Harassment, Human Resources Compliance, Laws & Regulations, Mary E. (Beth) O'Neal|

With all that is in the news recently about the alleged sexual harassment and sexual assaults perpetrated by Harvey Weinstein, and more perpetrators being identified weekly, our attention has been (or should be) re-focused on what employers can and should do to identify and respond to employee complaints of sexual

Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act: What to Know and How to Prepare

2017-08-04T20:00:39+00:00 August 4th, 2017|Categories: Alexis P. Theriault, Discrimination & Harassment, Human Resources Compliance, Julie L. Martin, Laws & Regulations, MCAD & EEOC|

On July 27, 2017, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (the “PWFA”) into law.  Massachusetts joined twenty-one states and Washington D.C. in providing protections to pregnant workers. The PWFA supplements Massachusetts employment discrimination law, by adding pregnant employees and employees with pregnancy-related medical conditions (including breastfeeding)

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