Deadlines Extended for Paid Family and Medical Leave Notification and Exemption Requirements

2019-05-09T14:57:29+00:00 May 9th, 2019|Categories: Catherine M. DiVita, FMLA, Human Resources Compliance, Laws & Regulations|Tags: , , |

On May 1, the Department of Family and Medical Leave (“Department”) extended two deadlines for employer obligations in complying with Paid Family Medical Leave Act, G. L. c. 175M (“Act”). First, the deadline for providing written notice to employees of the rights and benefits available under the Act has been

Guidance Released on Notifying Employees of Paid Family and Medical Leave by May 31, 2019

2019-04-23T13:41:26+00:00 April 23rd, 2019|Categories: Catherine M. DiVita, FMLA, Human Resources Compliance, Laws & Regulations|Tags: , , |

On April 18, the Department of Family and Medical Leave (“Department”) released guidance on the notifications that must be provided to employees under the Paid Family Medical Leave Act, G. L. c. 175M (“Act”), by May 31. The guidance lists the information that must be included in the notice, which

UPDATE: Massachusetts Issues Draft Regulations for Paid Family Medical Leave Act

2019-04-10T19:20:04+00:00 April 10th, 2019|Categories: Catherine M. DiVita, FMLA, Human Resources Compliance, Laws & Regulations|Tags: , , |

On March 29, the Department of Family and Medical Leave (“Department”) issued updated draft regulations that further expand upon the Paid Family Medical Leave Act (“Act”), G. L. c. 175M. The Department released an initial draft on January 23, which we covered in a prior post, in advance of listening sessions to be held

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Ruling on Farming Overtime Pay is a Cautionary Tale for All Employers

2019-03-25T18:18:10+00:00 March 25th, 2019|Categories: Brian J. Killoy, Catherine M. DiVita, Litigation, Wage & Hour|

Though confined to the issue of overtime for farm laborers, a recent ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) serves as a warning to all employers about the pitfalls presented by the disparities between state and federal wage and hour laws. On March 15, 2019, the SJC set a

Massachusetts Issues Draft Regulations for Paid Family Medical Leave Act

2019-02-06T21:04:39+00:00 February 6th, 2019|Categories: Catherine M. DiVita, FMLA, Human Resources Compliance, Laws & Regulations|

On January 23, the Department of Family and Medical Leave (“Department”) issued draft regulations expanding upon the Paid Family Medical Leave Act (“Act”), G. L. c. 175M, which was enacted last June. As we previously reported, the Act provides that nearly all employees will be eligible for up to 20

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

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.