Robert Sheridan

Robert Sheridan

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Daddy Dearest?: Some Considerations Concerning Paid Parental Leave for Fathers in the United States

Recently I had a conversation with my father about his options for parental leave when I was born (1979). As a new father myself, I was curious what leave options were open to baby-boomer Dads. My father told me that it was...more

9/18/2014 - Best Management Practices Corporate Counsel Employer Liability Issues FMLA Parental Leave

Massachusetts Becomes Latest State to Raise its Minimum Wage

Massachusetts is the latest state to take up the minimum wage mantel, as Governor Deval Patrick signed a law raising minimum wage in the state on June 26th. As we have discussed on this blog, there is a movement afoot...more

7/3/2014 - Minimum Wage New Legislation Wage and Hour

Minimum Wage Groundswell? Seattle, Others Raise Their Statutory Minimum Wage Rates

It’s official. The Seattle City Council has voted to raise Seattle’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2021. Is this the sign of groundswell? ...more

6/4/2014 - Employee Rights Minimum Wage Wage and Hour Wages

Malingering: Yes, it May Get You Fired

A recent submission in an advice column on Boston.com struck my eye and the scenario should be no surprise to the modern worker. A Massachusetts at-will worker decides to take a “mental health day” and calls in sick, despite...more

5/7/2014 - Employment Policies Hiring & Firing Sick Leave Termination

Hope Springs Eternal . . . Except for a Volunteer at Major League Baseball’s FanFest on the Losing End of a Wage and Hour Class...

In baseball, the beginning of spring means hope for fans of even the most hard luck teams. Unfortunately for one erstwhile fan, the first days of spring ushered in a dismissal of his putative wage and hour class action. The...more

4/10/2014 - FLSA Volunteers Wage and Hour

Does March Madness = Workplace Madness? Some Thoughts on the Legality of NCAA Bracket Pools, the Tournament’s Effect on the...

With the Olympics now behind us (were they ever in front of us?), this time of year usually marks the sports netherworld between the Super Bowl and the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament, which is better known as...more

3/11/2014 - Employer Liability Issues Gambling NCAA Sports Sports Betting

Why A-Rod Faces Long Odds in His Attempt to Overturn the Grievance Arbitration Award

On Saturday January 11, 2014, arbitrator Frank Horowitz reduced Alex Rodriguez’s suspension from 211 games to 162 games (plus any 2014 post-season games) for his use of performance enhancing drugs (“PEDs”) and obstruction of...more

1/22/2014 - Alex Rodriguez Arbitration Arbitration Awards Arbitrators Athletes Performance Enhancing Drugs

Spiked Egg Nog and the Human Response: Avoiding Holiday Party Mishaps

Like festive lights and bow-wrapped luxury cars, ‘tis the season for horror stories from company holiday parties. Office holiday parties are a cherished tradition and a nice way for companies to thank their employees for a...more

12/13/2013 - Discrimination Drunk Driving Employer Liability Issues Harassment Holiday Parties Holidays Religious Discrimination Wine & Alcohol

Black Friday Brinksmanship: What Thanksgiving Day Store Openings Mean for Retail Employers

While most Americans will be sitting around a fire watching football with kith and kin or sleeping after a hearty meal, many retail employees will be stocking shelves and preparing for shoppers. This year, a significant...more

11/21/2013 - Black Friday Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues OSHA Retailers Thanksgiving Workplace Hazards

Apocalypse Averted Again: Preliminary Thoughts on Welcoming Workers Back From the Government Shutdown

As my colleague Jill Collins discussed a few weeks ago, the government shutdown had a broad impact on a number of workers in the public and private sectors. Now that the federal government has reopened, employers welcoming...more

10/18/2013 - Furloughs Government Shutdown

Companions No More: U.S. Department of Labor Extends Minimum Wage and Overtime Protections to Home Health Care Workers

Beginning on January 1, 2015, the Fair Labor Standards Act will extend its minimum wage and overtime protections to nearly all home health care workers. This changes the playing field for an estimated two million workers who...more

10/1/2013 - Companionship Exemptions DOL FLSA Healthcare Home Health Care Minimum Wage Over-Time Wages

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