Client Alert – State and Federal COVID-19 Small Business Loan Programs

By: Joe Hunt and Amanda Thibodeau With COVID-19 causing disruption to businesses large and small, on both the federal and state levels existing programs and new programs are being launched to assist small businesses in these difficult times.  We outline the current status of these programs below. Federal – Small Business Administration (“SBA”) Economic Injury …

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Employment Law Alert: New Minimum Wage Rate; Year-End Bonuses and the MA Equal Pay Act

Morse Employment Law Attorneys Matthew Mitchell and Amanda Thibodeau shared two employment law updates regarding the new minimum wage rate for Massachusetts non-exempt employees, as well as information about discretionary, end-of-year bonuses and the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act. The first update explains the new minimum wage rate for Massachusetts non-exempt employees.  As of January 1, …

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Employment Law Alert: Round Up of Noncompete Reform Coming to New England

Noncompete reform is taking over the country as more and more states - including four in New England - are making the decision to enact new laws restricting the use of noncompetition agreements by employers. Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island all recently passed legislation that is expected to take effect soon, and a similar …

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Amanda Thibodeau Speaking on MCLE Program on Employment Law Issues for Gig Workers

Employment attorney Amanda Thibodeau will be speaking on the MCLE program Employment Law Issues for Gig Workers, being held on Tuesday, July 30. The program will provide an overview of the current state of the law, how various governing bodies on the state and federal levels have grappled with companies and workers in the gig …

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U.S. Supreme Court Rules EEOC Charge is Procedural Requirement, Not Jurisdictional

By: Amanda Thibodeau As previously discussed on our Employment Law Blog, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”), is a federal statute that prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. It also prohibits retaliation against individuals who assert rights under the statute. To assert a …

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Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Update: Governor Baker and Legislative Leaders Issue Joint Statement Delaying Employer Contributions

By: Amanda Thibodeau On June 11, 2019, Massachusetts government leaders announced their intent to amend the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (the “PFMLA”) to delay the employer payroll tax contribution start date, required by the PFMLA, to October 1, 2019 (from the prior start date of July 1, 2019). In connection with the announcement, Governor Charlie …

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Employment Law Alert: DOL Issues Opinion Letter Classifying Workers in the Gig Economy As Independent Contractors

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued an Opinion Letter analyzing the classification of workers in the virtual marketplace or “gig economy.” This refers to companies that operate in the “on-demand” or “sharing” economy, using online and smartphone applications to connect consumers to service providers in a wide variety of services, such as transportation, cleaning, delivery, …

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Title VII at SCOTUS

By: Amanda Thibodeau In April 2019 the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would hear three cases related to discrimination based upon sexual orientation and gender identity during its next term. The Court will analyze the scope of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of …

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#MeToo at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination

According to the 2018 Annual Report, sexual harassment claims filed with the MCAD increased 400 percent in January and February 2018 compared to those months in previous years. As the year went on, however, the number of new sexual harassment filings slowed. While the Annual Report stops short of theorizing the reasons behind this drop …

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Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Update: Department EXTENDS Deadlines for Employee Notice and Private Plan Compliance Obligations

As we have reported, although the employee benefits provisions of the Massachusetts Paid Medical and Family Leave Law (the “PFML”) do not go into effect until 2021, employer compliance obligations under the PFML were scheduled to start as early as the spring of 2019.  In an effort to address employer concerns related to the roll-out …

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