Earlier this week, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) provided some clarity for employers about accrued sick time.
On January 1, 2017, the minimum wage in Massachusetts will increase to $11.00 per hour. This increase will occur as a result of the minimum wage increase passed by the Massachusetts Legislature in July of 2014.Under the new law, all employees in Massachusetts must be paid a minimum of $11.00 per hour, including tipped employees.
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 –
Introduction In April 2016, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey joined eight other state attorneys general in sending out information and document requests to large, national retail chains that assign their employees to work “on-call” shifts. This multi-state effort comes on the heels of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s largely successful 2015 campaign to
UPDATE – In our blog post on July 14, 2015, we described the Department of Labor’s proposed updates to the FLSA’s overtime regulations. As of today, May 18, 2016, President Obama and Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez announced the publication of the DOL’s final rule updating the overtime provisions, which will now extend automatically to
Update: 1st Circuit Denies FedEx Drivers’ Petition to Reconsider Decision that FAAAA Preempts the Massachusetts Independent Contractor Statute
Last month, Alexis P. Theriault wrote about the First Circuit’s decision in Schwann v. FedEx Ground Package System, Inc. In Schwann, the First Circuit held that the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act (“FAAAA”) preempts a portion of the Massachusetts independent contractor statute, thereby making it easier for delivery services – like FedEx – to
We last wrote about the expected increases in to the minimum exemption salaries in our blog post from July 14, 2015. Since that time, the increases have not been enacted, but are getting closer. Recap The DOL has proposed new regulations increasing the salary basis applicable to exempt employees under the FLSA, as well as
Massachusetts has one of the most employee-friendly independent contractor laws in the country, creating a heavy presumption of employee status. For a refresher on the law and whether a worker should be classified as an employee or an independent contractor, you should refer to Johanna Matloff’s and Adam Santeusanio’s detailed discussion of the Massachusetts Independent
On January 28, 2016, the Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed S. 2107: “An Act to Establish Pay Equity” (the “Act”), which would lower the threshold for employees to litigate gender-pay inequality claims. The Act, which would replace G. L. c. 149, § 105A in its entirety, would allow employees to discuss wages with one another and