Rebecca Sivitz

Rebecca Sivitz

Foley Hoag LLP

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Supreme Court Decides Employers Must Make Religious Accommodations Regardless of Knowledge of Need for Accommodation

On June 1, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court held, in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc., that an employer violates federal anti-discrimination law where an applicant’s need for a religious...more

6/4/2015 - Abercrombie & Fitch Discrimination Dress Codes EEOC EEOC v Abercrombie Employer Liability Issues Employment Application Hiring & Firing Reasonable Accommodation Religious Accommodation Religious Discrimination SCOTUS

New Parental Leave Law Expands the Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act

On January 7, 2015, one day prior to leaving office, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law the Parental Leave bill, which expands the scope of the Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act (“MLA”). The MLA provides female employees...more

1/12/2015 - Amended Legislation Deval Patrick Employer Liability Issues Maternity Leave Parental Leave Popular

Massachusetts Enacts Domestic Violence Leave for Employees

On August 8, 2014, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law a bill relating to domestic violence. Among other provisions, the law creates a new category of job-protected leave for employees. Massachusetts employers with 50 or...more

8/13/2014 - Corporate Counsel Crime Victims Domestic Violence Employee Rights Unpaid Leave

Employer Can Be Liable for Negligently Terminating an Employee Based on Co-Worker’s Discriminatory Conduct

On May 23, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held in Velazquez-Perez v. Developers Diversified Realty Corp. that an employer may be liable under Title VII for negligently terminating an employee. Although...more

6/4/2014 - Discrimination Employer Liability Issues Hiring & Firing Negligence Termination Title VII

Supreme Court Finds that Severance Pay is Wages for Purposes of Payroll Taxes

On March 25, 2014, the Supreme Court held in United States v. Quality Stores, Inc. that severance payments are taxable wages for FICA purposes. This decision confirms employers’ responsibility to treat severance pay as...more

3/27/2014 - FICA Taxes Payroll Taxes Quality Stores SCOTUS Severance Pay

MA Highest Court Decides that Managers at LLCs Can Be Individually Liable For Wage Act Violations

Yesterday, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that managers of limited liability companies can be individually liable under the Massachusetts Wage Act for unpaid wages due to employees. Historically, the Wage Act...more

6/17/2013 - LLC Managers Wage Act Wage and Hour Wages

Recent Decisions Illustrate Strict Interpretation of Massachusetts Wage Act

Two recent decisions from Massachusetts courts again highlight the strict requirements of the Massachusetts Wage Act, which details how and when employees must be paid. The cases address the treatment of sales commissions and...more

3/18/2013 - Prudential Sales Commissions Vacation Pay Wage Act Wage and Hour

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