The Small Business Administration and Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance Issue Guidances Addressing an Employer’s Options When an Employee Refuses to Return to Work

2020-05-15T20:55:24+00:00 May 15th, 2020|Categories: COVID-19, Human Resources Compliance, Julie M. Muller, Kathleen O'Toole, Labor Law & NLRB, Laws & Regulations|Tags: , , , , , |

With Governor Baker’s announcement earlier this week of the Commonwealth’s four-phase approach to re-opening businesses, many employers are turning their attention and making plans to re-open their workplaces and re-hire employees who were laid off or furloughed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The four-phase approach is a gradual process to

It Recently Got a Bit More Confusing for Massachusetts Employers of Tipped Employees

2019-03-13T15:03:31+00:00 March 13th, 2019|Categories: Labor Law & NLRB, Laws & Regulations, Mary E. (Beth) O'Neal, Wage & Hour|

With the recent increase of minimum wage rates of pay in Massachusetts, the publishing of guidance from the Attorney General related to minimum wages for tipped employees, and the absence of an exemption from overtime for restaurant employees, things are a bit complicated these days relative to tipped employees.

Department of Labor Proposes Rule to Extend Overtime Eligibility to One Million Workers

2019-03-12T20:42:45+00:00 March 12th, 2019|Categories: Brian J. Killoy, DOL, Human Resources Compliance, Labor Law & NLRB, Laws & Regulations, Wage & Hour|

The Department of Labor (“DOL”) has issued its much-anticipated proposed rule on the minimum salary level for an employee to potentially qualify as exempt from overtime eligibility under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). Since a federal district court enjoined the Obama administration's own proposal in late 2016, industry watchers had been anxiously waiting

NLRB Revised Its Independent Contractor Test to Focus on Entrepreneurial Opportunity

2019-01-31T17:15:27+00:00 January 31st, 2019|Categories: Daniel Fishman, Human Resources Compliance, Independent Contractor, Labor Law & NLRB, NLRB|

On January 25, 2019, the federal National Labor Relations Board revised its own test to determine whether a worker is properly classified as an independent contractor. The new test in SuperShuttle DFW places a worker’s “entrepreneurial opportunity for gain or loss” at the core of its independent contractor analysis. The

NLRB Issues Guidance on New Employer-Friendly Standard for Handbook Rules

2018-07-26T20:30:12+00:00 July 26th, 2018|Categories: Alexis P. Theriault, Catherine M. DiVita, Human Resources Compliance, Labor Law & NLRB, Laws & Regulations, NLRB|

In early June, the National Labor Relations Board (the “NLRB”) issued Guidance on Handbook Rules Post-Boeing regarding how regional offices should apply its new standard for analyzing employee handbook rules (the “Guidance”). The standard, announced in The Boeing Co., 365 NLRB No. 154 (Dec. 14, 2017), sets forth a balancing

An Epic Day: Employers May Require Class Action Waivers In Mandatory Employment Agreements

2018-05-22T16:46:10+00:00 May 22nd, 2018|Categories: Alexis P. Theriault, Discrimination & Harassment, FLSA, Human Resources Compliance, Labor Law & NLRB, Laws & Regulations, Litigation, MCAD & EEOC, Regulatory Compliance, Wage & Hour|Tags: |

Depending on your perspective, the Supreme Court’s decision yesterday in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis provided much-needed certainty to employers or dealt a serious blow to employees. The vote was 5 to 4, and the Court’s newest justice, Neil Gorsuch, authored majority decision joined by the so-called conservative justices. That

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

2017-07-25T14:41:58+00:00 June 8th, 2017|Categories: Alexis P. Theriault, DOL, FLSA, Human Resources Compliance, Independent Contractor, Labor Law & NLRB, Laws & 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

Will the Legalization of Marijuana Impact your Business?

2017-04-26T18:43:27+00:00 November 30th, 2016|Categories: Daniel Fishman, Discrimination & Harassment, 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

Employer May Not Withhold Severance After Learning Former Employee Copied and Retained Proprietary Data

2017-01-13T17:24:14+00:00 February 23rd, 2016|Categories: Christopher Sweeney, Human Resources Compliance, Labor Law & NLRB|

Employers are left scratching their heads in the wake of a Massachusetts Supreme Court ruling, EventMonitor, Inc. v. Leness, No. SJC-11920, 2015 WL 9957743 (Mass. Feb. 4, 2016), that a terminated employee was entitled to receive severance payments despite uncontroverted evidence that the employee copied and retained his employer’s proprietary business plans and customer lists

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