Renee Inomata

Renee Inomata

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Reliance on MA Case Finding That Compensation Contingent on Funding is Not Owed is Risky

Historically, Massachusetts courts routinely ruled that it was a violation of the Massachusetts Wage Act to fail to pay an employee who had been promised payment for her work only after the employer received sufficient...more

3/27/2014 - Corporate Counsel Employer Liability Issues Funding Wage and Hour Wages

Don’t Let a “Bonus” Become a “Wage” (Under the MA Wage Act)

As I have previously warned in prior blog, the Massachusetts Wage Act exposes a company and individuals having management responsibility for the company to mandatory treble damages and attorneys’ fees for failing to pay...more

2/27/2014 - Bonuses Compensation & Benefits Compensation Agreements Wage Act Wage and Hour Wages

Three Ways in Which Enforcement of Non-Competition Agreements is Like Dating

In a prior blog post Three Issues In-House Counsel Should Raise Before Asking Employees To Sign Non-Competes, my co-publisher, Shep Davidson, provided suggestions to help in-house counsel ensure that non-competition...more

2/17/2014 - Non-Compete Agreements Restrictive Covenants

Four Workplace Issues In-House Counsel Should Consider in a Business Improvement Plan

Last week I had the pleasure of being a panelist at the Association for Corporate Growth (Boston) and the Turnaround Management Association (Northeast) joint conference on “Challenges and Opportunities in US Manufacturing.” A...more

1/30/2014 - Business Development Corporate Counsel Employer Liability Issues Restrictive Covenants Training WARN Act

Hiring/On-boarding Checklist

For entrepreneurs starting a new business, the focus often is on developing the products or services being offered by the business and, maybe, financing for getting (and keeping) the business off the ground. Yet, regardless...more

12/24/2013 - Compliance Employee Benefits Employee Handbooks Employer Liability Issues Employment Application Entrepreneurs Hiring & Firing Startups

Holiday Tips for Employers

Because ’tis the season to give, The In-House Advisor would like to give in-house counsel the following reminders so as to limit their companies’ holiday exposure...more

12/10/2013 - Corporate Counsel Holiday Parties Holidays

New Connecticut Noncompetition Requirements for Employees of Surviving Entity of Mergers and Acquisitions

On June 24, 2013, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed a new law to become effective on October 1, 2013, that imposes additional requirements for noncompete agreements in Connecticut. Public Act No. 13-309, broadly...more

6/28/2013 - New Legislation Non-Compete Agreements Surviving Entity

Managers of LLCs Can be Personally Liable Under the Massachusetts Wage Act

In a June 13, 2013 decision, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court clarified that managers of Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) can be individually liable for violations of the Massachusetts Weekly Payment of Wages Act,...more

6/21/2013 - Attorney's Fees LLC Managers Personal Liability Treble Damages Wage Act Wages

Using Unpaid Interns May be Illegal

As summer approaches, many companies will face the tempting invitation from students to work “for free” as interns. While some companies may consider jumping at the chance to enhance their workforce without incurring the...more

6/17/2013 - Attorney's Fees Damages FLSA Training Unpaid Interns

Beware of Choice of Law When Drafting Independent Contractor Agreements

As we have previously posted in Choice of Law in a Contract Can Be Critical, Ensuring Your Dispute Is Resolved in the Forum You Want Is Not Always Easy, and Selection of Forum Other Than Massachusetts May Not Avoid Wage Act...more

5/24/2013 - Choice-of-Law Contract Drafting Independent Contractors Wage Act

Gratuitous Payments Cannot Be Re-Cast as Accrued Vacation Pay Required by Massachusetts Wage Act

A favorite saying of my mentor and colleague in the Labor and Employment Group here at Burns & Levinson is “no good deed goes unpunished.” Over my years of practice, I have found that this phrase oft comes to mind when an...more

4/12/2013 - Employee Benefits Illegal Gratuities Vacation Pay Wage Act

3 Keys to Drafting Commission Plans to Avoid Wage Act Violations

As I mentioned in some of my prior posts, the Massachusetts Weekly Payment of Wages Act (“Wage Act”) poses many challenges to employers due, in part, to the vagueness of its terms, the strict liability it imposes on employers...more

3/15/2013 - Prudential Sales Commissions Strict Liability Wage Act Wages

Be Aware of More Aggressive Enforcement of Equal Pay

The Director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), Patricia A. Shiu, just announced that prior voluntary guidelines and compliance standards for federal contractors and subcontractors to comply with...more

3/1/2013 - Affirmative Action Audits Compliance Discrimination Equal Pay OFCCP Penalties Rehabilitation Act Scheduling Letters Veterans Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act

6 Tips for Drafting Offer Letters

Just as in romance, employer-employee relationships often are at their best in the courting stage. During the after-glow of an initial hire, many employers wish to make new employees feel welcome by sending confirmatory...more

2/15/2013 - Employment Contract Hiring & Firing Offer Letters

Avoiding Misclassification of Independent Contractors in the New Year

With the new year, taking the time to review the status of your independent contractors may create valuable savings. Independent contractors, when properly classified, can often be a valuable and efficient means for both...more

12/20/2012 - Employee Benefits Independent Contractors Minimum Wage Misclassification Over-Time

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