Category Archives: Policies

Can Employers Ever Treat Employee Absences the “Rose” Way?

by Stefanie M. Renaud Last week we discussed the fine imposed by the New York Knicks on player Derrick Rose for his “no call no show” for a basketball game.  Employers might wonder if they, like the Knicks, could “fine” … Continue reading

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Are You at Risk of a Data Breach Lawsuit?

by John S. Gannon Data security concerns are at an all-time high.  Just a few years ago, this article suggested nearly 70% of Americans were afraid their information would be stolen by hackers (while only 18% feared being murdered).  No doubt, … Continue reading

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EEOC Issues Proposed Enforcement Guidance of Unlawful Harassment, Seeks Comment

by Amelia J. Holstrom On January 10, 2017, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its Proposed Enforcement Guidance on Harassment.  The proposed guidance touches on a number of matters, both new and old. In the majority of the 75-page … 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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IRS Will Impose No Penalties on Timely Affordable Care Act Filings, Even if Incomplete or Incorrect; Extends Deadline for Employee Notices

by Wendy L. Grabel The IRS has just announced that it will continue its past policy of imposing no penalties on Employers who make good faith, timely efforts to meet their filing requirements under the the Affordable Care Act (ACA). … 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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2016 or 1984?

by Stefanie M. Renaud Imagine a piece of technology, so small it could be mistaken for a credit card, that tracks every movement an employee makes, analyzes every conversation that employee has, and could tell an employer when that employee was … Continue reading

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Registration Still Open for Skoler Abbott’s Labor and Employment Law Symposium

The DOL’s new overtime regulations go into effect December 1, 2016.  To help employers prepare for these significant changes, the attorneys at Skoler, Abbott & Presser are holding a symposium to address strategies and best practices for handling the new … Continue reading

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New Poster Requirements for Employers

by Susan G. Fentin Employers should be posting two new posters based on regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Labor in early August.  And, as long as you’re at it, you may want to consider replacing another.  See below … Continue reading

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