Mark H. Burak

Mark H. Burak

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

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A Closer Look at Massachusetts’s Pay Equity Law

We recently reported on the sweeping pay equity legislation that garnered much attention throughout the most recent legislative session in Massachusetts. After much anticipation, this week Governor Charlie Baker signed the...more

8/5/2016 - Employer Mandates Governor Baker Pay Equity Laws Self-Evaluations

Massachusetts Governor Signs Expansive Pay Equity Law

As we recently anticipated, on August 1, 2016 Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law sweeping legislation that significantly modifies Massachusetts’s equal pay laws. Many consider the new law to be the most...more

8/3/2016 - Affirmative Defenses Amended Regulation Equal Pay Governor Baker

Massachusetts Nearing Enactment of Sweeping Pay Equity Legislation

Continuing a trend, Massachusetts is poised to implement major changes to its equal pay laws. Following the lead of California, New York, and Maryland, which each enacted expansive equal pay laws in the last few months,...more

7/29/2016 - Affirmative Defenses Anti-Pay Secrecy Continuing Violation Theory Equal Pay Gender Equity Governor Baker Hiring & Firing Job Applicants Pay Discrimination Pay Equity Laws Pending Legislation Substantially Similar Wage and Hour

Maryland Passes New Pay Equity Law

Maryland recently passed into law sweeping revisions to its existing equal pay law. The new law, signed by Governor Hogan on May 19, 2016, will take effect on October 1, 2016. With the passage of the Equal Pay for Equal Work...more

5/26/2016 - Anti-Pay Secrecy Anti-Retaliation Provisions Corporate Counsel Equal Pay Gender-Based Pay Discrimination Governor Hogan Injunctive Relief New Legislation Pay Equity Laws Wage and Hour

Massachusetts Sick Leave Law—Full Compliance Deadline Looming

Readers are probably aware that last year, Massachusetts voters approved a new sick leave law that went into effect on July 1, 2015. Many employers with preexisting leave policies, however, took advantage of the so-called...more

12/21/2015 - Deadlines Employer Liability Issues Paid Leave Posting Requirements Safe Harbors Sick Leave

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 Voters Approve Paid Sick Leave Measure

On November 4, 2014, Massachusetts voters approved by a decisive margin (approximately 60 percent in favor) a new measure requiring employers to provide sick leave to all employees (with certain limited exceptions regarding...more

11/6/2014 - Best Management Practices Employer Liability Issues Paid Leave Sick Leave Wage and Hour

R.I. Enacts “Ban-the-Box” Law, Limiting Employer Inquiries into Applicants’ Criminal Histories

Effective January 1, 2014, a new law in Rhode Island will ban employers from inquiring on job applications about the criminal histories of applicants. ...more

7/24/2013 - Ban the Box Criminal Background Checks Criminal Records Discrimination Employer Liability Issues Employer Mandates

Massachusetts Wage Act Release Must Be Clear and Specific

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently addressed a significant issue to Massachusetts employers—whether general releases can bar employees from bringing Wage Act claims against their employers. Crocker v. Townsend...more

2/9/2013 - Hiring & Firing Independent Contractors Misclassification Release Agreements Release of Information Severance Agreements Unpaid Overtime Wage Act

New Developments In Rhode Island

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee recently signed into law legislation entitled the “Homeless Bill of Rights.” Specifically, the new law protects individuals solely because of their homeless status in a variety of ways....more

8/17/2012 - Discrimination Hiring & Firing Homeless Discrimination

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