Allyson Kurker – Kurker Law

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Concord, MA 01742, United States

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Don't Associate With Those Who Provide Really Bad Advice Regarding Employment Discrimination

In a decision widely anticipated by employers, the Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) ruled that an employee can state a claim for “associational discrimination” under Massachusetts General Law chapter 151B. Flagg v. AliMed,…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Host a Summer Party Without Getting Burned

From Memorial Day barbeques, Fourth of July fireworks, Labor Day soirees and many pub-crawls and Friday afternoon happy hours in between, the summer season offers employees and employers the opportunity to bond outside of the…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Don’t Get Burned by Summer Interns

For many of us, summers past were spent working as unpaid interns. When set up properly, these arrangements epitomized the notion of a win-win relationship. The intern beefed up her resume by gaining experience no one would pay…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Federal Court Offers Guidance re Arbitration of Employment Claims

Employers should think twice before relying on the arbitration provision contained in an Employee Handbook because for the second time in as many years, a Massachusetts federal court has refused to enforce such a provision. In…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Managing the Haze of the New Medical Marijuana Law

On November 6, 2012, Massachusetts voters approved a ballot measure making Massachusetts the eighteenth state to decriminalize the use of medicinal marijuana. The law became effective yesterday, January 1, 2013. The…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Mass High Court Rules Out-of-State Contractors Subject to MA Wage Laws

In Taylor, et al. v. Eastern Connection Operating, Inc., the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) ruled that workers of a Massachusetts-based company, who lived and performed services in New York, enjoyed the protections of the…more
| Labor & Employment Law

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

In a decision handed down on March 4, 2013, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court dealt a blow to a Massachusetts employer that made gratuitous severance payments to a former employee in a bid to avoid litigation. Dixon v…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Office Romances Gone Awry

Even if your office does not resemble the hotbed of sexual activity depicted at the advertising agency Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce on TV’s Mad Men, chances are that romances are brewing. In a survey of office workers just…more
| Labor & Employment Law

SJC Refuses To Enforce General Release of Wage Act Claims

At some point, all employers will be in the unenviable position of wanting or needing to terminate an employee. Given the emotional consequences of being fired, coupled with the difficult job market, many terminated employees…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Temporary Workers, Permanent Obligations: What Employers Must Know

On January 31, 2013, Massachusetts will become the second state to require staffing agencies to provide basic job information to employees assigned to temporary or part-time jobs. An Act Establishing a Temporary Worker’s Right…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Mass High Court Refuses To Enforce General Release of Wage Act Claims

At some point, all employers will be in the unenviable position of wanting or needing to terminate an employee. Given the emotional consequences of being fired, coupled with the difficult job market, many terminated employees…more
| Labor & Employment Law

State to Crack Down on Illegal Use of Independent Contractors

Governor Patrick’s administration announced this week that it intends to launch a study to define the scope and financial costs to the state from the misclassification of employees as independent contractors. According to…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Back to School: Debunking the Unpaid Intern Myth

Many of us grew up working as unpaid interns. Having "intern" listed on a resume was perceived to be a great way to distinguish oneself from the competition. It wasn't so bad for the business either. The employer built good will…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Massachusetts: An Overview of Overtime

As an employment lawyer, I represent all types of employers in the greater Boston area. In recent years, the vast majority of matters I’ve handled involve what’s called “wage and hour” violations. In Massachusetts, employers…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Massachusetts Overtime FAQs

Massachusetts Overtime FAQs When is overtime due? In the next paycheck after it was earned. Must I pay overtime when an employee works more than 8 hours a day? No. Overtime is calculated on a weekly, not a daily basis. Can…more
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