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A Retailer’s Failure to Pay Time And A Half for Work Performed on Sundays And Holidays May Violate Massachusetts’ Payment of Wages...

Massachusetts law requires most retail employers to pay employees time and a half for work performed on Sundays and certain holidays. In a case of first impression, a Massachusetts Superior Court judge recently held that...more

Non-Competes to Stay in Massachusetts…For Now

Yesterday, Massachusetts woke up to what is becoming a regular occurrence: the legislature was unable to pass a bill limiting the use of non-competition agreements in the Commonwealth, although it came the closest it has in...more

Massachusetts Adds Teeth to Equal Pay Obligations

On July 23, 2016, the Massachusetts Legislature passed the Act to Establish Pay Equity (the “Act”). The stated purpose of the Act is to increase wage transparency and bridge the gender gap with regard to wages. Governor...more

Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Safe Harbor is Drawing to an End: Are Your Policies Compliant?

On July 1, 2015, the Massachusetts earned sick time law took effect, requiring most Massachusetts employers to provide their employees with the right to accrue and take up to 40 hours of paid sick leave per year. The law...more

Executive Order Requires Federal Contractors to Provide Paid Sick Leave

On Labor Day, President Obama unveiled the latest executive branch action taking aim at federal government contractors. As labor and employment legislation has stalled in a divided Congress, the White House has again turned...more

Federal Judge Holds FAAAA Preempts a Critical Portion of the Massachusetts Independent Contractor Law

On July 8, 2015, a federal district court judge held that a section of the Massachusetts Independent Contractor law, as applied to same-day delivery services, is preempted by the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization...more

Massachusetts Attorney General Issues Final Sick Leave Regulations

Effective July 1, 2015, all private-sector employers in Massachusetts must provide their employees with up to 40 hours of sick leave per calendar year. Earlier this year, the Massachusetts Attorney General published proposed...more

Massachusetts Attorney General Issues Required Notice of Employee Rights and Clarifies the "Safe Harbor" Exemption

On June 10, 2015, the Massachusetts Attorney General issued a Notice of Employee Rights (the "Notice") under the Commonwealth's new earned sick leave law, as well as a document clarifying the scope of the "safe harbor"...more

Massachusetts High Court Rules Real Estate Agents Not Subject to State’s Stringent Independent Contractor Law

On June 3, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that the Commonwealth’s independent contractor law does not apply to real estate salespersons licensed under, and affiliated with and working for, a licensed brokerage...more

Massachusetts Attorney General Creates a "Safe Harbor" From the Requirements of the Massachusetts Sick Leave Law

The Massachusetts Attorney General recently issued a supplemental regulation to the state's new sick leave law that aims to provide a "safe harbor" to Massachusetts employers that had qualifying paid time off ("PTO") policies...more

Proposed Regulations Shed Light on Unanswered Massachusetts Sick Leave Questions

On November 4, 2014, Massachusetts voters approved a ballot question that requires all private-sector employers to provide employees with up to 40 hours of sick leave per calendar year....more

Massachusetts Extends Labor and Employment Protections to Domestic Workers

Effective April 1, 2015, Massachusetts will become the fourth state (after New York, California and Hawaii) to extend employment protections specifically to domestic workers. The "Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights"1 creates...more

Massachusetts Voters Approve Paid Sick Leave Law

On November 4, 2014, Massachusetts voters approved a ballot question that requires all private sector employers to provide employees with up to 40 hours of sick leave per calendar year. Under the new law, which goes into...more

11/10/2014  /  Employee Rights , Paid Leave , Sick Leave

Recent Decisions Provide Guidance on Drafting Noncompetition Agreements under Massachusetts Law

Your Vice President of Sales announces that she is leaving to work for your biggest competitor. She signed a noncompetition agreement when she joined the company five years ago as a junior sales associate. Can you get an...more

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