Employment Law Alert: Equal Pay Day in Massachusetts – are you in compliance?

April 2, 2019, is National Equal Pay Day – a date designated by the National Committee on Pay Equity to highlight inequities in wages between men and women. With the recent passage of the Massachusetts Equal Pay Law, Equal Pay Day also serves as a reminder to all Massachusetts employers that they have specific legal obligations to examine, …

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Matt Mitchell and Amanda Thibodeau Join MBBP’s Employment Practice

MBBP is pleased to welcome Matthew L. Mitchell and Amanda E. Thibodeau to the Firm. Matt joins the Firm's Employment Law Group as a Member, and Amanda joins as an Associate. As Chair of the Firm’s Employment Law Group, Matt is experienced in the broad range of complex laws that affect the relationships between employers and employees, including wage and hour, …

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Employment Law Alert: U.S. Department of Labor Proposes Significant Changes to FLSA Overtime Regulations

On March 7, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a long-awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) that proposes new regulations that relate to overtime and minimum wage exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). Learn more on our Employment Law Blog.

Mike Jabbawy Speaking on Effects of MA Non-Compete Law Changes on Venture Stage Companies

Corporate attorney Mike Jabbawy will speak at the Boston Bar Association's (BBA) event MA Non-Compete Law Changes and Their Impacts on Early and Venture Stage Company Hiring Practices. The event will include an informal discussion amongst general counsel and employment law practitioners working with early and venture stage companies on how they are advising their …

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Employment Law Alert: Changes to MA Non-Competition Laws Starting October 1

Massachusetts law governing non-competition agreements is changing at the end of this month. To date, whether a non-competition agreement is enforceable has been largely a matter of judicial discretion and we invariably looked to case law for guidance. Now, after a decade plus of the Legislature considering the topic, we have a new Massachusetts law effective …

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The New Mass Noncompetition Legislation: Old Wine in New Bottles? An Employer’s Perspective

By: John Hession Our Republican governor, Charlie Baker, recently signed into law a boon and a blessing for the average hourly worker, the minimum wage Walmart employee, or the lower level service industry employee. But for venture capitalists, angel investors, entrepreneurs, senior executives and key employees, nothing much may have changed in the landscape of …

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Changes to Massachusetts Equal Pay Law Coming in July 2018

Employment attorney Scott Connolly discusses the changes to the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act in his new article, Changes to the Massachusetts Equal Pay Law Coming in July 2018. In an effort to remedy perceived pay inequities based on gender, the Massachusetts legislature recently passed An Act to Establish Pay Equity, which amended the Massachusetts Equal Pay …

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Board Members and Investors Found Not Personally Liable Under Massachusetts Wage Act

A unanimous Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently ruled in favor of two former board member-investors of a biotechnology startup, finding the board member-investors not personally liable under the Massachusetts Wage Act for “wages” claimed by the company’s former CEO. As employment attorney Scott Connolly discusses in his new article, Board Members and Investors Found Not …

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Scott Connolly Comments on the Importance of Properly Classifying Workers in Accounting Today

In Accounting Today’s article “Properly Classifying Workers Remains a Major Problem“, employment attorney Scott Connolly comments on how worker misclassification is a prevalent issues for both the Internal Revenue Service and state taxing officials. Companies that misclassify employees as independent contractors avoid paying numerous payments under the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act, which can lead to trouble with the …

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Firing Executives for Cause: Recent Case Offers Lessons

In employment and labor attorney Scott Connolly's new article "Firing Executives for Cause: Recent Case Offers Lessons", Scott discusses how the outcome of Eric Balles v. Babcock Power, Inc. offers contract drafting lessons for corporate and employment attorneys who represent executives and companies. Much can turn on whether an executive is fired “for Cause”.  If …

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