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What to Expect When You’re Expecting the MPWFA – A Reminder for Massachusetts Employers That New Rights for Pregnant Workers Take Effect April 1st

The Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (“MPWFA”) takes effect on April 1, 2018, and Massachusetts employers should be updating their policies and practices accordingly. The MPWFA prohibits employment discrimination on… Continue reading.

Posted on: Monday, March 26th, 2018 | Written by: Administrator

Employers Will Be Prohibited from Asking About Salary History Under New Massachusetts Pay Equity Law

Seeking to close the gender wage gap, Massachusetts is among the first states to pass a law that prohibits employers from asking for salary history before making an offer of… Continue reading.

Posted on: Sunday, August 28th, 2016 | Written by: Administrator

OSHA Imposes $98,000 Fine On Home Health Care Company For Failing to Protect Nurses From Workplace Assaults

On July 5, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a citation and imposed a fine of $98,000.00 on national home health care provider Epic… Continue reading.

Posted on: Friday, August 19th, 2016 | Written by: Administrator

Massachusetts Enacts Law Granting Paid Leave To Veterans Participating In Veterans Day Activities

Though Massachusetts law has long required that employers provide protected leave to military veterans for the purpose of participating in Veterans Day or Memorial Day services, exercises, or parades, employers have… Continue reading.

Posted on: Friday, July 29th, 2016 | Written by: Administrator

Massachusetts Adds “Veteran Status” As A Protected Class

On July 14, 2016, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law An Act Relative to Housing, Operations, Military Service, and Enrichment.  Referred to more commonly as “The HOME Act,” the new law adds… Continue reading.

Posted on: Monday, July 18th, 2016 | Written by: Administrator

Sixth Circuit Holds “Reasonable Accommodation” Under ADA Does Not Include Telecommuting

In April, the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued its eagerly-awaited decision in EEOC v. Ford Motor Co., No. 12-2484 (6th Cir. 2015), holding that the Americans with… Continue reading.

Posted on: Thursday, May 14th, 2015 | Written by: Administrator

Mindful of Confidentiality Practices? Companies Must Be When Seeking to Enforce Confidentiality Agreements

In nClosures, Inc. v. Block & Co., 770 F.3d 598 (7th Cir. 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that a party to a confidentiality… Continue reading.

Posted on: Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 | Written by: Administrator

Requirement of Bilateral “Good Faith” in Accommodating Disabilities

In Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc., Docket No. 14-1268 (1st Cir. 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit recently affirmed summary judgment… Continue reading.

Posted on: Friday, January 23rd, 2015 | Written by: Administrator

U.S. District Court – No Recourse Under Title VII or c. 151B For Independent Contractor

The U.S. District Court recently affirmed the well-recognized principle that Title VII and c. 151B “do not reach” independent contractors. In Santangelo v. New York Life Insurance Co., 2014 WL… Continue reading.

Posted on: Monday, January 12th, 2015 | Written by: Administrator

Massachusetts Provides Job-Protected Leave for Domestic Violence Victims

On August 8, 2014, Governor Deval Patrick signed an “Act Relative to Domestic Violence” into law. See G.L. c. 149, § 52E (2014). The law provides employees, who are victims… Continue reading.

Posted on: Monday, January 12th, 2015 | Written by: Administrator