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.

Ban-The-Box Law Further Limited

2018-05-25T17:04:29+00:00 May 25th, 2018|Categories: Human Resources Compliance, Laws & Regulations, Mary E. (Beth) O'Neal|

Massachusetts recently enacted sweeping criminal justice reform. Included among the reformed laws is a further limitation on information an employer may seek from applicants regarding their criminal history. These changes become effective October 13, 2018 and enhance the protections for employees that became effective when Massachusetts amended its CORI (Criminal

Have your Employees Been “Weinsteined?” (As Now Defined in the Urban Dictionary)

2018-01-31T21:41:07+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Categories: Discrimination & Harassment, Human Resources Compliance, Laws & Regulations, Mary E. (Beth) O'Neal|

With all that is in the news recently about the alleged sexual harassment and sexual assaults perpetrated by Harvey Weinstein, and more perpetrators being identified weekly, our attention has been (or should be) re-focused on what employers can and should do to identify and respond to employee complaints of sexual

Massachusetts’ Highest Court Recognizes Employment Protections for “Qualifying Patients” under the Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Act

2017-07-25T14:52:48+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Categories: Accommodation of Employee’s Marijuana Use, Disability, Handicap Discrimination, Human Resources Compliance, Kathleen O'Toole, Mary E. (Beth) O'Neal, MCAD & EEOC|

In a case of first impression, the Supreme Judicial Court held that an employee who is a “qualifying patient” under the Massachusetts’ 2012 medical marijuana law (“An Act for the humanitarian medical use of marijuana”) (the “medical marijuana law”)  may pursue a claim for handicap discrimination under  the state’s anti-discrimination

Alert: Revised Form I-9 Now Available

2017-01-06T16:45:09+00:00 December 12th, 2016|Categories: Human Resources Compliance, Laws & Regulations, Mary E. (Beth) O'Neal|

On November 14, 2016 USCIS released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. While employers may continue using Form I-9 with a revision date of 03/08/2013 N. through January 21, 2017, by January 22, 2017, employers must use the revised form. Form I-9 may be Downloaded for Easier Use The new Form

Update to Expected Increases in Minimum Salary Levels for Exempt Employees

2017-01-13T17:39:26+00:00 April 16th, 2016|Categories: DOL, FLSA, Human Resources Compliance, Mary E. (Beth) O'Neal, Wage & Hour|

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

DOL Now Enforcing Final Rule Extending FLSA Minimum Wage and Overtime Protections to Certain Home Care Workers

2017-01-13T17:13:17+00:00 December 29th, 2015|Categories: DOL, FLSA, Katherine Kelter, Mary E. (Beth) O'Neal, Wage & Hour|

In our blog posts on September 1 and September 15, 2015, we discussed the impact and implementation of Home Care Association of America v. Weil, a recent decision rendered by the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In Weil, the court affirmed a Department of Labor (“DOL”) final rule extending minimum

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