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

By: Susan Stambach Sampson 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 …

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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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Scott Connolly Weighs in on Massachusetts Family and Medical Leave Act

In a recent Mass Lawyers Weekly article "MCAD: duty of employer extends past FMLA period", employment attorney Scott Connolly discusses employer responsibility under the FMLA, as it relates to a recent decision of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD). The decision in M.C.A.D & LaPete v. Country Bank for Savings supports developing case law that a disabled …

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Employment Law Alert: Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks New Overtime Rule From Taking Effect On December 1

MBBP's Employment Law Group just released an Employment Law Alert regarding a preliminary order by a federal judge in Texas that temporarily blocks the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) from implementing changes to the salary basis for white collar overtime exemptions. Learn more on our Employment Law Blog.

Employment Law Alert: Are You Ready to Reclassify? New Overtime Regulations Go Into Effect on December 1, 2016

MBBP’s Employment Law Group just released an Employment Law Alert regarding the new overtime regulations that will take effect on December 1, 2016.  Any employees who earn less than $47,476 annually will be entitled to overtime and must be treated as non-exempt, as per the U.S. Department of Labor’s final rule. Don’t wait any longer to address this critical change in …

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Employment Law Alert: Massachusetts Pay Equity Law Imposes New Restrictions

MBBP’s Employment Law Group just released an Employment Law Alert regarding the recent wage equality act signed in Massachusetts. On August 1st, 2016, Governor Charlie Baker signed, "An Act to Establish Pay Equity (the Act)" which requires men and women to receive equal pay for comparable work and forbids employers from asking prospective employees about salary history. Learn more on …

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