Category Archives: Policies

Governor Baker Signs Pay Equity Bill Into Law

by John S. Gannon and Stefanie M. Renaud Last week, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a new law aimed at strengthening pay equity for women in the Commonwealth. The new law amends the state’s Equal Pay Act by imposing rigorous … Continue reading

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What to Wear?

by Timothy F. Murphy The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) ruled that a Massachusetts Honda dealership broke the law when it maintained a handbook policy stating that “[e]mployees who have contact with the public may not wear pins, insignias, or … Continue reading

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Defend Trade Secrets Act Becomes Law

by Susan G. Fentin On Wednesday, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”), which, among other provisions, allows companies to pursue claims for trade secret misappropriation in federal court and to seek remedies such as a … Continue reading

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EEOC Issues New Guidance on Leaves of Absence as Reasonable Accommodation

by Stefanie Renaud Earlier this week the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued new guidance for employers on the use of leave as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (”ADA”).  The EEOC issued the guidance after noting a … Continue reading

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DOL Issues Proposed Regulations Regarding Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contract Workers

by Amelia J. Holstrom Last September, President Obama signed an executive order granting federal contract workers the right to earn and use up to 56 hours of paid sick leave per year for the employee’s own illness, the illness of a family … Continue reading

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Nursing Mothers in the Workplace: What are Employers’ Obligations?

by Amelia J. Holstrom Since it was signed in March 2010, the Affordable Care Act has received a lot of publicity.   Some parts of the Act took effect immediately, while others were on a tiered schedule.  While employers focused on … Continue reading

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Employers’ Rights to Reimbursement May Be Lost, If Delayed

by Wendy L. Grabel Just last week, the Supreme Court ruled that an employer sponsored health plan could not recover money from an injured employee because it waited too long to try to recover those funds.  The case deals with … Continue reading

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New “Pay Transparency” Requirements for Federal Contractors

by Susan G. Fentin Effective January 11, 2016, federal contractors are required to amend their handbook language and to post a supplemental poster regarding the new regulations on pay transparency. The OFCCP has issued regulations prohibiting federal contractors and subcontractors … Continue reading

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Can Employers Prohibit Recording Workplace Conversations?

by Stefanie Renaud Imagine this scenario: you call an employee into your office to be disciplined.  Unbeknownst to you, the employee records the conversation on her cell phone. Later, you overhear the employee playing the recording back to some co-workers … Continue reading

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Be Careful What You Tell Employees About FMLA Leave

by Amelia J. Holstrom Employers with 50 or more employees within a 75 mile radius are required to provide FMLA leave to qualified employees.  But what happens when an employer with fewer than 50 employees within a 75 mile radius has … Continue reading

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