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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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