Update: Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave Issues FAQ Guidance on Commonwealth’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Act.

2018-11-26T19:51:34+00:00 November 26th, 2018|Categories: Christopher Sweeney, FMLA, Laws & Regulations|

Back in June, we reported on the enactment of the Paid Family Medical Leave Act. The Act provides that beginning on January 1, 2021, nearly all private sector employees will be eligible annually for up to 12 weeks of paid, job-protected family medical leave and up to 20 weeks of

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

What Can Brown Do For You? Accommodate Your Pregnancy!

2018-02-28T20:58:58+00:00 December 9th, 2015|Categories: Christopher Sweeney, Discrimination & Harassment, FMLA, Human Resources Compliance|Tags: |

United Parcel Service, with its familiar fleet of brown trucks, once asked rhetorically “What Can Brown Do for You?”. Thanks to a recent decision of the United States Supreme Court, UPS now has its answer. The Court’s decision held that UPS and other employers must provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant employees where denying such

Reach of Workers’ Compensation Immunity Extends to Employers Named in Alternate Employer Endorsement

2017-01-13T17:16:36+00:00 September 23rd, 2015|Categories: Christopher Sweeney, Human Resources Compliance, Laws & Regulations|

In a win for employers that use the services of staffing companies, the Massachusetts Appeals Court recently held in Molina v. State Garden, Inc., No. 14-P-676, 2014 WL 10319701 (Mass. App. Ct. Sept. 3, 2015) that an alternate employer endorsement to a staffing company’s workers’ compensation insurance policy renders all employers named in the endorsement

Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage Nationwide May Have Implications for Employers

2018-02-28T20:59:40+00:00 June 29th, 2015|Categories: Christopher Sweeney, Discrimination & Harassment, Human Resources Compliance, Labor Law & NLRB, Laws & Regulations|Tags: |

On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court held in Obergefell, et al. v. Hodges, et al., that the due process and equal protection clauses of the United States Constitution guarantee the right of same-sex couples to marry. The 5-4 decision authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy directs that all states must issue marriage licenses to