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Massachusetts Enacts Parental Leave for Both Mothers and Fathers

In one of his last acts as governor, former-Governor Deval Patrick signed into law on January 7, 2015 an amendment to the previous Massachusetts Maternity Leave Law that extends eight weeks of unpaid leave to both male and...more

1/16/2015 - Amended Legislation Deval Patrick Employee Rights Employer Mandates Family Members Parental Leave

Intern Sues Company in First-of-its-Kind Discrimination Suit under Rhode Island’s Medical Marijuana Law

A graduate student has filed suit with the help of the Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union against a textile manufacturer that allegedly rescinded an offer for a paid internship because the student is a...more

12/11/2014 - ACLU Corporate Counsel Disability Discrimination Employer Liability Issues Hiring & Firing Internships Job Applicants Manufacturers Medical Malpractice Popular

Retailers Can Avoid Holiday Headaches in New England by Complying With Holiday Pay Laws

In addition to the restrictions on opening in certain New England states, retailers with stores in Massachusetts and Rhode Island should also be aware of their obligation to pay their employees holiday pay (i.e.,...more

11/26/2014 - Employer Liability Issues Holiday Pay Holidays Internet Retailers Retailers Wage and Hour

Rhode Island Enacts Employee Social Media Privacy Legislation

Rhode Island has recently enacted legislation intended to protect job applicants’ and employees’ social media accounts and information. The new law prohibits employers from requiring job applicants or employees to disclose...more

9/4/2014 - Employment Policies Hiring & Firing Job Applicants Passwords Popular Privacy Concerns Social Media Social Media Policy

Another Increase in the Rhode Island Minimum Wage to $9/Hour

On July 3, 2014, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee signed into law a measure that will raise the state’s minimum wage to $9.00 per hour, effective January 1, 2015. The legislation, which will increase the state’s minimum...more

7/28/2014 - Corporate Counsel Employee Rights Minimum Wage Wage and Hour Wages

Rhode Island General Assembly to Consider Lowering Standard for Employees to Bring Retaliation Claims

The Rhode Island General Assembly is considering amending the state’s Fair Employment Practices Act (FEPA) to make it easier for employees to sue their employers for discrimination-based retaliation. Under FEPA, employees can...more

4/25/2014 - Employer Liability Issues FEPA Retaliation

Employer Failed to Establish Tortious Interference by Current Employees Who Were Secretly Operating a Competing Business

An employer failed to show that its former employees tortiously interfered with its current and prospective customers, even though they had been secretly operating a competing business while working for the employer. In...more

4/8/2014 - Non-Compete Agreements Tortious Interference Unfair Competition

A Bit Too Far: Employee’s Alleged Self-Defense Fails To Sway NH Justices On His Wrongful Discharge Claim

Could an employee be fired by his employer for actions he claimed were done in self-defense? In Leeds v. BAE Systems, No. 2012-599 (November 5, 2013), the New Hampshire Supreme Court found that he could where the employee’s...more

11/19/2013 - Bad Faith Compliance Employer Liability Issues Retaliation Self-Defense Termination

Rhode Island Raises The Minimum Wage

As of January 1, 2014, the minimum wage in Rhode Island will jump $0.25 to $8.00 per hour. This is the second time in as many years that the General Assembly has voted to raise the minimum wage. The last increase occurred in...more

8/29/2013 - Minimum Wage Wages

New Rhode Island Legislation Will Allow Bi-Monthly Payment Of Wages

On July 15, 2013, Rhode Island passed highly anticipated legislation that will allow employers to pay their employees on a bi-monthly basis (rather than weekly, as the law had previously required)....more

8/29/2013 - DOL Payment Plans Wages

Rhode Island Employers May No Longer Ask About Criminal Convictions On Employment Applications

Rhode Island has joined a growing number of states that prohibit employers from inquiring on job applications about applicants’ criminal histories. Previously, Rhode Island law prevented employers from asking about arrests...more

8/29/2013 - Criminal Records Employment Application

New Rhode Island Temporary Caregiver Insurance Benefits Become Effective January 1, 2014

New Temporary Caregiver Insurance Benefits Become Effective January 1, 2014 Beginning January 1, 2014, all employees regardless of their employer’s size will be eligible for up to four weeks of leave under the Temporary...more

8/29/2013 - Caregivers Disability Insurance Disability Leave Employee Benefits Medical Leave New Legislation

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