Wilfred Benoit, Jr.

Wilfred Benoit, Jr.

Goodwin Procter LLP

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Massachusetts Ballot Measure Passes Requiring Paid Sick Time for Employees

On November 4, 2014, Massachusetts voters approved a ballot measure that will require covered employers to allow employees to earn at least one hour of paid sick time (“Sick Time”) for every 30 hours worked, up to a maximum...more

11/18/2014 - Employee Rights New Legislation Paid Leave Sick Leave

Massachusetts Attorney General Issues Guidance on Domestic Violence Leave Act

The Massachusetts Attorney General recently issued an Advisory and other guidance on a new Massachusetts law, known as the Domestic Violence Leave Act (the “DVLA”). The Attorney General’s guidance confirms the basic...more

11/18/2014 - Domestic Violence Employee Rights Leave of Absence New Legislation

Governor Patrick Proposes Bill to Ban Certain Non-Competes in Massachusetts but Preserve Enforceability of Other Restrictive...

Last week, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick proposed legislation that would ban certain non-competition provisions in agreements with employees and independent contractors. Certain other important restrictive covenants,...more

4/16/2014 - Corporate Counsel Independent Contractors Non-Compete Agreements Non-Solicitation Agreements Restrictive Covenants

In Lawson, Supreme Court Expands SOX Whistleblower Protection to Employees of Private Contractors

On March 4, 2014, in Lawson v. FMR, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a public company’s private contractors can be covered under the whistleblower protections of Section 806 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The Supreme Court’s...more

3/17/2014 - Contractors FMR LLC Lawson v FMR Sarbanes-Oxley SCOTUS Subcontractors Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

Proposed OSHA Workplace Data Program Could Lead to More Targeted Employer Inspections

OSHA has issued a proposed regulation that, for the first time ever, would require certain employers to submit workplace injury and illness data directly to OSHA in electronic format. After being submitted, the data would...more

1/8/2014 - Compliance Inspections OSHA Recordkeeping Requirements Reporting Requirements Safety Inspections Workplace Injury

In Harnett, First Circuit Rejects Bright Line "First Contact" Rule for Non-Solicitation Agreement

In a decision involving the “first contact” rule with respect to non-solicitation agreements, the First Circuit, in Corporate Technologies v. Harnett, rejected a bright line application and upheld a ruling of tortious...more

11/1/2013 - Bright-Line Rule Hiring & Firing Non-Solicitation Agreements Restrictive Covenants

DOL Expands Affirmative Action Requirements for Government Contractors and Subcontractors Hiring Veterans and Disabled Individuals

The Department of Labor has issued new regulations requiring government contractors and subcontractors to engage in affirmative action for veterans and disabled individuals. Under the new DOL rules, covered entities must,...more

9/18/2013 - Affirmative Action Disability Hiring & Firing OFCCP Veterans

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