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Employment Law Alert: Sick Time Law Update 05/19/2015

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Recently, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has announced a transition policy under which employers who offer sufficient sick leave or paid time off to workers now have a six-month transition period in which to bring their policies into compliance with the new Massachusetts paid sick leave law. In order to qualify for this safe harbor, an employer’s policy must be in effect as of May 1, 2015, and follow guidelines provided.

To learn more about the transition policy, please see our Employment Law blog.

Employment Law Update: Proposed Sick Leave Regulations 04/30/2015

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As we previously advised clients, on November 4 Massachusetts voters approved a ballot measure entitling employees to earned sick leave, which goes into effect on July 1, 2015. The Massachusetts Attorney General recently issued proposed regulations on the application and enforcement of the new law.

To learn more about the MA Sick Leave Law or the proposed regulations, please visit our Employment Law blog.

Employment Tip of the Month 04/14/2015

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Last month’s Tip of the Month reminded employers that communicating and maintaining an overtime policy can minimize liability for unauthorized overtime hours. This month, we focus on a second way employers can protect against wage and hour liability: the inclusion of a payroll deductions policy to take advantage of the “safe harbor” protection against liability for misclassification of employees based on the failure to pay employees on a salary basis.

To read our full Tip of the Month, please visit our Massachusetts Employment Law blog.

NLRB Says It’s Unlawful for Employers to Prohibit Defamatory or Inappropriate Comments by Employees 03/31/2015

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2015-01-05_8-57-41On March 18th, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) released some valuable guidance on language employers should and should not consider including in their employee handbooks. Given the broad reach of the recent handbook rulings, and the many policies to which these decisions may apply, all employers should review their handbooks and relevant policies for compliance with the NLRA.

Please see this month’s Employment Law Alert to learn more.

Feel free to contact any member of our Employment Law Group with any questions.

Exciting Development Regarding H-4 EADs 02/27/2015

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IAIn light of the latest development from the Department of Homeland Security allowing H-4 spouses of certain H-1B workers to apply for employment authorizations,  we have compiled a list of important FAQs to help employers, and their employees, understand the implications of this new regulation.

To learn about the FAQs regarding  H-4 EADs , and how this new development will affect you, please read our full alert.

 

Employment Attorney Scott Connolly authors Chapter in MCLE Book 02/17/2015

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Scott Connolly, a partner in MBBP’s Employment Law Group, authored the chapter “Policies to Guide Employee Conduct and Respond to Misconduct” in MCLE’s book Drafting Employment Documents in Massachusetts (3rd Edition 2015). The book is published by MCLE and is an essential resource for Massachusetts employers, employment attorneys, and human resources professionals.

To learn more about what Scott’s chapter covers regarding employment, head over to our Employment Blog.

Attention: File H-1B Visas Early 02/09/2015

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Immigration Alert

On April 1st the 2016 H-1B cap will open. As the economic conditions continue to improve the demand for H-1B visas will likely vastly exceed the available supply.  Last year, over 172,000 cap subject H-1B petitions were filed in the first week of April, which lead to a series of lotteries to determine which petitions would be accepted for processing. It’s projected that this year’s cap will reach its limit in the first week as well.

For information on H-1B visas and when to consider filing a petition read the full alert.

Does your employee handbook include the recent changes? 02/05/2015

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Recent legal developments require changes in some employer policies and it’s time you reviewed these to be sure you’re not putting your company at risk for liability.

Read our full advisor for all the details.

Our Greatest Hits of 2014! 01/21/2015

Posted by Morse, Barnes-Brown Pendleton in Corporate, Employment, Immigration, Intellectual Property, Licensing & Strategic Alliances, M&A, MBBP news, Privacy and Data Security, Public Companies, Taxation.
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From the Top Ten Issues in M&A Transactions to the Life Cycle of an IRS Audit we’re recapping the most popular articles and blogs in 2014!

Other popular articles include:

Most popular posts from our 4 blogs:

These articles, along with our newsletters and other blogs can found here.

Employment Law Alert: Massachusetts Maternity Leave Becomes Parental Leave in April 01/14/2015

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Before leaving office, Governor Patrick signed into law a bill that will affect Massachusetts Maternity Leave.  Starting April 7, 2015 the Maternity Leave Law will now be the Parental Leave Law and will allow for both parents to take advantage of leave benefits. To see what provisions have been added head over to our Employment Law blog.

Employment Law Alert: The U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision in Integrity Staffing v. Busk 01/08/2015

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2015-01-05_8-57-41The question of when an employee’s compensable work for the day begins and ends is one which can be more complicated than it seems at first glance. Does an employee who checks email before driving to work have to be compensated for that time? Will an employer have to pay an employee for the time it takes to park in a remote lot and take a shuttle bus to work? The U.S. Supreme Court weighed in on this subject in its recent decision in Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc. v. Busk, No. 13-433 (December 9, 2014). Did the court decide  employees have to be paid for the time they spent waiting to undergo and then undergoing security screenings before leaving the workplace each day?

Please see this month’s Employment Law Alert for further details.

Feel free to contact any member of our Employment Law Group with any questions.

‘Employment’ New Year Resolutions 01/05/2015

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2015-01-05_8-08-39With the new year starting up, we have put together a handful of tips to ensure your employment practices are in order.  It is time to update handbooks and policies, make sure reviews are on schedule for the year and put a “WISP” (Written Information Security Plan) into place if you haven’t already.  Ring the year in right, ensure you and your employees are working in a happier, healthier company!

To view our Top Ten Tips for 2015.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact a member of our Employment Law Group.

MA Employees Entitled to Paid Sick Time Beginning July 2015 11/13/2014

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On November 4th, Massachusetts voters approved a ballot measure which will entitle employees to paid sick leave. As a result, a new law will go into effect July 1, 2015  and is considered one of the nation’s most generous sick leave laws. Under the new requirement, employers of eleven employees or more must provide paid sick leave. The Attorney General will enforce this law using the same procedures applicable to other state wages. Employers who fail to comply with this requirement will be subject to mandatory treble (triple) damages, attorney’s fees, and possible criminal penalties.

For more information on this topic, please see our full Employment Law Alert.

Please feel free to contact MBBP’s Employment Law Group with any questions.

Mass. Governor Signs Bill to Raise Minimum Wage 07/24/2014

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On June 26, 2014, Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill into law which will raise the hourly minimum wage in Massachusetts for the first time since 2008. As a result of these increases, Massachusetts’ minimum wage will be amongst the highest in the country. Employers who fail to comply with the minimum wage increase will be in violation of the Massachusetts “Payment of Wages” statute and be subject to mandatory treble (triple) damages, attorney’s fees, and possible criminal penalties.

To learn how and when the minimum wage will change, or why you should comply, please see our full Wage & Hour Tip of the Month.

Please feel free to contact MBBP’s Employment Law Group with any questions.

Upcoming Seminars in Waltham & Cambridge! 07/16/2014

Posted by Morse, Barnes-Brown Pendleton in Corporate, Employment, Events, Intellectual Property, Legal Developments, MBBP news, Privacy and Data Security.
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The end of Summer and beginning of Fall are the perfect time to get back into the swing of things! Join us for timely, informative seminars on False Advertising, Sweepstakes & Contests, and Employment Law. Get the details below.

LIMITED SEATING – REGISTER TODAY!

8/12/14 – Unfair Competition / False Advertising: How the Supreme Court’s recent decisions impact false advertising claims against competitors. (Waltham, MA) – In this seminar, we will discuss unfair competition and false advertising under the Lanham Act, the Lexmark International, Inc. v. Static Control Components, Inc.and POM Wonderful LLC v. Coca-Cola Co. decisions, and how these decisions may affect your rights against third parties. Complimentary seminar!

9/18/14 – Playing a Game of ChanceUnderstanding the Differences Between Sweepstakes, Contests and Illegal Lotteries. (Cambridge, MA) – Sweepstakes and contests are a great way to promote your business. However, there is a fine line between conducting legal sweepstakes or contests and conducting an illegal lottery. In this seminar, we will discuss what constitutes an illegal lottery, ways to structure contests / sweepstakes to comply with federal & state laws, state registration requirements and penalties for conducting an illegal lottery. Complimentary seminar!

10/17/14 – The Morse CourseEmployment Law Compliance & Risk Prevention for Managers, Supervisors and HR Professionals. (Waltham, MA) – Learn practical information and valuable strategies for avoiding the many traps that lead to expensive and time-consuming HR problems and employment litigation. Group discount available!

Have a different topic in mind? Check our Events Page for additional seminars or email us.

Employment Law Clip: Retaliation Claims and Steps Employers Can Take to Avoid Them 06/17/2014

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Retaliation is now the most common type of discrimination alleged nationally, topping both race and gender. What are retaliation claims and what steps can employers take to reduce their risks? Check out our most recent Employment Law Clip to learn more:

Please feel free to contact any member of our Employment Law Group with any questions on retaliation claims.

Employment Law Clip: Salaried Does Not Necessarily Mean Exempt From Overtime 04/28/2014

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A common misconception is that paying a salary to an employee makes the employee exempt from the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). In this video Massachusetts Employment Lawyer Maura E. Malone discusses the process of determining whether your employees are exempt or non-exempt and the risks of failing to properly classify them.

Please feel free to contact any member of our Employment Law Group with any questions on FLSA Classifications.

Employment Law Clip: Internships – Paid or Unpaid? 04/14/2014

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Student internships have become increasingly popular, and while internships generally benefit employers and interns alike, there is uncertainty regarding whether internships may be paid or unpaid. MBBP Attorney Christopher Perry explains the importance of distinguishing between the nonprofit and for profit sector and the regulations that apply to each:

Please feel free to contact any member of our Employment Law Group with any questions on paid or unpaid internships.

Wage & Hour Tip: Are Your Commissioned Sales Employees Entitled to Minimum Wage and Overtime? 04/01/2014

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Many employers use commission payments to increase the productivity of their sales force. Commissioned sales people can earn significant compensation. But, are commissioned sales people also entitled to minimum wage and overtime?  Please see our full Wage & Hour Tip of the Month to learn more.

Please feel free to contact MBBP’s Employment Law Group with any questions.

Employment Law Clip: Employee Terminations Under the MA Wage Payment Law 03/17/2014

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Employers, there are some important aspects of the Massachusetts Wage Payment Law that you may not be aware of when firing or laying off an employee or employees. MBBP Attorney Christopher Perry explains what you need to know below:

Please feel free to contact any member of our Employment Law Group with any questions on Massachusetts wage payment laws.

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