The latest update in the rollout of paid family and medical leave in Massachusetts is proposed amendments to regulations issued under the Paid Family Medical Leave Act (“Act”), M.G.L. c. 175M. The Act entitles workers to up to 20 weeks of job-protected medical leave starting January 1, 2021 and up
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
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
With the unprecedented issues raised by COVID-19 in Massachusetts and around the world, paid family and medical leave (“PFML”) has become more important than ever. Massachusetts continues to implement its Paid Family Medical Leave Act (“Act”), G. L. c. 175M, which was enacted in June, 2018. The Act entitles workers
Updated: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Issues New Guidance Labeling COVID-19 a “Direct Threat” Under the ADA, and Granting Employers Greater Flexibility to Maintain the Safety of Their Workplace
[This is an update to our March 27 post, which can be read here.] On March 18, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) updated its guidance titled Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans With Disabilities Act to account for the novel issues employers face in the wake
Much of the focus of the media coverage on the recently passed CARES Act concerns the loan provisions for small businesses through the Paycheck Protection Program. However, there are some benefits in the Act for mid-sized businesses (500 to 10,000 employees) outlined in Section 4003(c)(3)(D).
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Issues New Guidance Labeling COVID-19 A “Direct Threat” Under The ADA, And Granting Employers Greater Flexibility To Maintain The Safety Of Their Workplace
On March 18, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) updated its guidance titled Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans With Disabilities Act to account for the novel issues employers face in the wake of COVID-19. The guidance, originally written in response to the 2009 H1N1 outbreak, provides
On Monday, March 23, 2020, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker issued a stay-at-home advisory for the Commonwealth to begin at noon (12:00 pm EST) on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. The advisory will remain in effect until noon, Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Additionally, an order has been issued for all non-essential businesses to close, effective noon
Beware of the Wage Act – Review Pay Plans for Commission Based Inside Salespersons and Stay Alert for Future Claims
In early May, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that 100% commission-based inside salespersons are entitled to separate, additional overtime pay and premium pay for Sunday work. The decision, Sullivan v. Sleepy’s LLC, underscored the importance of tracking the hours employees work, regardless of the total value of their compensation.
DOL Final Rule Raises Minimum Salary Threshold for Employees Exempt from Overtime Pay Under the FLSA
On September 24, 2019, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a final rule that, when implemented, will raise the minimum salary threshold that white-collar employees must be paid to qualify as employees exempt from the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). The final rule raises