Category Archives: Legislation

Massachusetts Independent Contractor Statute Still Going Strong After FAAAA Preemption Attack

by Amelia J. Holstrom Massachusetts has one of the most – if not the most – restrictive independent contractor statutes in the United States.  The statute is intended to drastically reduce the number of individuals that can be properly classified … Continue reading

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Legislature Delays Marijuana Sales, But Employers Should Not Delay In Evaluating Existing Drug Policies

by Susan G. Fentin How time flies when you’re having fun!  It was only four years ago that Massachusetts voters approved a referendum question that allowed individuals to obtain prescriptions for medical marijuana.  Then last November, voters approved the recreational … Continue reading

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State Minimum Wage Increases Across the Country

by John S. Gannon Raises are in order for lots of minimum wage workers in 2017. Nineteen states—including Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Maine and Vermont—along with dozens of cities across the country, will see minimum wage increases at the start … Continue reading

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Churches Score Out-of-Court Victory Over MCAD

by Stefanie M. Renaud As previously reported on our blog here, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (“MCAD”) issued guidance on September 1, 2016, implementing Massachusetts’ “transgender protection law,” which prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity in places of … Continue reading

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Legal Marijuana Just Days Away—Are you Modifying Your Drug Testing or Substance Abuse Policies?

by John S. Gannon Recreational marijuana will become legal in Massachusetts this Thursday, December 15. Last month, Skoler Abbott attorney Erica Flores provided a detailed summary of the new law after it was approved by voters in the Commonwealth. Realistically, … Continue reading

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BREAKING: Court Blocks Implementation of DOL Overtime Rule

by Kimberly A. Klimczuk and John S. Gannon In a surprising turn of events, a Texas federal Court put a hold on the controversial Department of Labor (DOL) overtime rule that would have made over 4 million more workers eligible … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Votes to Legalize Marijuana for Recreational Use: Now What?

by Erica E. Flores Just four years after Massachusetts voted to legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, voters in the Commonwealth have now approved Question 4, a ballot proposal to legalize and regulate marijuana for recreational use by … Continue reading

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How Will the Presidential Election Affect the Impending Overtime Rule?

by Timothy F. Murphy The election of Donald J. Trump has thrown the future of the DOL’s new overtime rule into doubt.  That rule – which dramatically increases the salary threshold for employees to be exempt from overtime and provides … Continue reading

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Skoler Abbott Attorney to Present at Springfield Lunch ‘N Learn

Major changes to the federal overtime compensation rules are less than a month away. Next week, Skoler Abbott Attorney John Gannon will be discussing the new rules in detail during the Springfield Regional Chamber’s Lunch ‘N Learn event. Attorney Gannon … Continue reading

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OSHA’s Big Summer: Massive Penalty Increases, Anti-Retaliation Compliance, and Electronic Reporting

by John S. Gannon Over the past few months, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a number of regulatory changes that may have slipped under your radar.  Not surprisingly, none of the changes are favorable to employers. … Continue reading

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