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Massachusetts Legislature Passes New Pay Equity Law

The Massachusetts Legislature passed new pay equity legislation on July 23, 2016. Governor Baker has been reported to have said that he will sign the legislation. The new law will take effect on January 1, 2018. The...more

Defend Trade Secrets Act Creates Federal Trade Secret Cause of Action with Enhanced Seizure Remedies; Employers Should Give Notice...

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, which immediately creates, for the first time ever, a federal civil cause of action for misappropriation of trade secrets. The DTSA adds a federal...more

Federal Agencies Issue Final Policy Statement Regarding Standards for Assessing Diversity Policies and Practices

On June 9, 2015, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the National Credit Union Administration, the Bureau of Consumer...more

New Regulations Provide Needed Answers to Employers’ Questions Concerning the Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law

On June 19, 2015, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey issued long awaited regulations concerning the Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law. The ESTL was enacted by a ballot initiative on November 4, 2014. The basic rule...more

Parental Leave Act Amends Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act

On January 7, 2015, then-Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed into law An Act Relative to Parental Leave (the Parental Leave Act or the PLA), which amends the Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act (the MMLA). The PLA will...more

Massachusetts Ballot Measure Passes Requiring Paid Sick Time for Employees

On November 4, 2014, Massachusetts voters approved a ballot measure that will require covered employers to allow employees to earn at least one hour of paid sick time (“Sick Time”) for every 30 hours worked, up to a maximum...more

Massachusetts Attorney General Issues Guidance on Domestic Violence Leave Act

The Massachusetts Attorney General recently issued an Advisory and other guidance on a new Massachusetts law, known as the Domestic Violence Leave Act (the “DVLA”). The Attorney General’s guidance confirms the basic...more

DOL Issues Final Rule Revising Federal Contractors’ Reporting of Veteran-Related Employment and Hiring Statistics

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service recently issued a Final Rule that revises reporting obligations to include aggregated veteran-related employment and hiring statistics, but excludes...more

DOL Proposes Rule That Would Require Federal Contractors to Submit Pay Data

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently proposed a rule that would require certain federal contractors to submit annual “Equal Pay Reports” providing summary data on...more

Governor Patrick Proposes Bill to Ban Certain Non-Competes in Massachusetts but Preserve Enforceability of Other Restrictive...

Last week, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick proposed legislation that would ban certain non-competition provisions in agreements with employees and independent contractors. Certain other important restrictive covenants,...more

In Lawson, Supreme Court Expands SOX Whistleblower Protection to Employees of Private Contractors

On March 4, 2014, in Lawson v. FMR, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a public company’s private contractors can be covered under the whistleblower protections of Section 806 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The Supreme Court’s...more

Proposed OSHA Workplace Data Program Could Lead to More Targeted Employer Inspections

OSHA has issued a proposed regulation that, for the first time ever, would require certain employers to submit workplace injury and illness data directly to OSHA in electronic format. After being submitted, the data would...more

In Harnett, First Circuit Rejects Bright Line "First Contact" Rule for Non-Solicitation Agreement

In a decision involving the “first contact” rule with respect to non-solicitation agreements, the First Circuit, in Corporate Technologies v. Harnett, rejected a bright line application and upheld a ruling of tortious...more

DOL Expands Affirmative Action Requirements for Government Contractors and Subcontractors Hiring Veterans and Disabled Individuals

The Department of Labor has issued new regulations requiring government contractors and subcontractors to engage in affirmative action for veterans and disabled individuals. Under the new DOL rules, covered entities must,...more

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