Boston Growing Hub for the Life Sciences Industry

The Boston Business Journal just announced that at the annual Biotechnology Innovation Organization meeting, Boston was recognized as the city with the largest number of employers in the field of research testing and medical laboratories.  The BBJ explains that from biotech giants such as Biogen to Genzyme to research labs at the prestigious Harvard and MIT, …

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New Overtime Regulations Will Result In Many More Workers Becoming Entitled To Overtime

We're reviewing the Department of Labor's new overtime regulations in our Massachusetts Employment Law Blog.  Click here to read about the DOL's Final Rule, which President Obama announced the publication of today.

Employers Cannot Pay Employees With Stock or Equity In Lieu of Cash

A company with a temporary cash shortage might be tempted to compensate employees with an ownership interest in the company (stock or equity) instead of with cash. But, is this practice legal? Generally, the answer to this question is no. Under state and federal law, employees must be paid at least the minimum wage in …

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MBBP Clients Among BBJ’s Honorees – “Best Places to Work of 2015”

On Thursday, April 30th, the Boston Business Journal announced the 80 honorees for its annual Best Places to Work of 2015 program. This year's employers were divided among five different categories based on company size, and were selected based on survey responses provided by employees. The BBJ will recognize this year's honorees on June 18th at the Citi Performing …

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Employment Tip of the Month

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 …

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Employment Law Clip: Pitfalls of Using Independent Contractors

Many businesses use "independent contractors" to augment their regular workforce. They see advantages to using trained, non-employee workers with specialized skills who can provide needed services on a short-term or long-term basis. However, the ability of businesses to classify workers as independent contractors is not unchecked. Businesses cannot avoid employer obligations simply by designating certain workers …

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New Massachusetts Law Creates Wellness Program Tax Incentives for Employers

By: Bob Shea Massachusetts has enacted legislation that, effective January 1, 2013, gives employers an annual tax credit of up to $10,000 for implementing wellness programs for their employees. The wellness program tax credit is part of broader legislation entitled “An Act Improving the Quality of Health Care and Reducing Costs through Increased Transparency.” The …

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Wage and Hour Lawsuits Hit Record High

By: Bob Shea The number of wage and hour lawsuits filed in federal court hit a record high for the twelve month period ending March 31, 2012. The number of actions filed each year has more than doubled in the past ten years. The majority of these lawsuits involve claims of employee misclassification, including claims of …

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What Employers Can’t Ask During Hiring Process

With talk of employers asking for Facebook passwords during job interviews, New England Cable News turned to our own Christopher Perry to set the record straight. What can Massachusetts employers ask during an interview and what can't they ask? Perry cautions employers to know the laws regarding discrimination and any type of background checks using …

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