One question that comes up in my practice is whether accrued but unused sick time is considered “wages” under Massachusetts law and if an employer must pay a terminated employee such unused sick time upon termination.
For several years, the U.S. Department of Labor ceased issuance of opinion letters, which provided guidance to employers and employees covered by the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) regarding wage and hour violations. On June 27, 2017, Secretary Acosta announced that the opinion letter is making a comeback!
In about a year (July 1, 2018), the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act will go into effect. Employers must take steps now to become compliant with this new law.
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Within the last year, Massachusetts enacted several new laws that will affect businesses. Many of these laws went into effect on or before January 1, 2017.
With only days remaining before its implementation, a federal court judge issued a nationwide preliminary injunction on November 22, 2016, to delay the U.S. Department of Labor’s regulation changes in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
While many businesses establish sexual harassment or discrimination policies, many employees do not understand the details of their workplace policies. This is an important topic when you consider the number of discrimination charges filed at the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC)…
Many “start-ups” often spend a majority of their time developing concepts and ideas, hiring employees and they forget to address certain legal issues that will often raise roadblocks down the road when they start to market and establish their businesses after the start-up phase.
Are you a Massachusetts business owner with an employee handbook? Do you review it regularly, or is the handbook being used as a bookend on your shelf?
On August 1, 2016, when Governor Charlie Baker signed into law the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act. This law goes into effect on July 1, 2018.