David P. Mason

David P. Mason

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

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New Maine Social Media Privacy Law Takes Effect October 15, 2015

Maine has become the latest state to restrict employers’ ability to access social media accounts of employees and applicants. A new Maine statute, which will go into effect on October 15, 2015, prohibits a broad range of...more

10/12/2015 - Anti-Retaliation Provisions Corporate Counsel Data Privacy Employee Privacy Rights Employer Liability Issues Exceptions Fines Hiring & Firing Internal Investigations New Legislation Passwords Popular Professional Misconduct Social Media Social Media Account Ownership Social Media Policy

Massachusetts Attorney General Issues Final Earned Sick Leave Regulations With Substantial Revisions

As many of you are aware, the July 1, 2015 effective date of the Massachusetts earned sick leave law is looming. In summary, the new law provides that employers of 11 or more employees must provide their Massachusetts...more

6/25/2015 - Earned Sick Time Employee Rights Final Rules Human Resources Professionals Wage and Hour

Massachusetts Attorney General Issues Revised “Safe Harbor” Delaying Full Implementation of New Earned Sick Time Law and Required...

On June 10, 2015, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office (AGO) issued two important new documents for employers concerning implementation of the new earned sick time law that goes into effect on July 1, 2015. The AGO has...more

6/15/2015 - Attorney Generals Earned Sick Time Paid Sick Leave Act Posting Requirements Safe Harbors

Massachusetts AG Announces Safe Harbor Delaying Full Implementation of New Earned Sick Time Law for Some Employers

On May 18, 2015, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office (AGO) held the first of several public hearings on proposed regulations concerning implementation of the new earned sick time law passed by Massachusetts voters in...more

5/19/2015 - Corporate Counsel Employee Rights New Legislation Paid Leave Public Meetings Safe Harbors Sick Leave

Massachusetts Attorney General Issues Proposed Regulations on Implementation of New Earned Sick Time Law

As we detailed in November 2014, Massachusetts voters last fall approved a new law mandating that employers provide earned sick time to their employees. Under the new law, employers with 11 or more employees must provide paid...more

4/29/2015 - Attorney Generals Employer Mandates Paid Leave Proposed Regulation Sick Leave

Massachusetts Attorney General Issues Guidance on New Domestic Violence Leave Law

In August of 2014, Massachusetts enacted broad reforms of the Commonwealth’s domestic violence laws. As Ogletree Deakins detailed in an August 18, 2014 Massachusetts eAuthority, “Domestic Leave Now Mandated in Massachusetts,”...more

11/17/2014 - Domestic Violence Employee Rights Leave of Absence

New England Employers Beware Holiday Opening Bans

Over the past several years, many retailers have moved up the start times of their “Black Friday” sales so that they start on Thursday—which is Thanksgiving—instead of Friday. Despite some public disapproval, this move...more

11/12/2014 - Black Friday Blue Laws Retailers Wine & Alcohol

Massachusetts Increases Minimum Wage

On June 26, 2014, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed into law legislation that will significantly increase the state’s minimum wage for hourly and tipped workers over the next three years. The current Massachusetts...more

6/27/2014 - Employee Rights Minimum Wage

First Circuit Holds Massachusetts Salesman Violated Nonsolicitation Covenant, Even Though Customer Made “Initial Contact”

On September 23, 2013, the First Circuit Court of Appeals, applying Massachusetts law, upheld a preliminary injunction in a nonsolicitation covenant case, and discussed the often-murky line between “soliciting” and “accepting...more

9/27/2013 - Breach of Contract Employer Liability Issues Non-Solicitation Agreements Restrictive Covenants

Significant Changes In The Regulation Of Temporary Staffing Coming To Massachusetts In 2013

In August 2012, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed into law a bill that established a series of new legal requirements for temporary staffing agencies and the companies that use their services. The law, called the...more

9/25/2012 - Staffing Agencies

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