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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10 Points for Reviewing Executive Employment Agreements

An executive’s employment agreement defines expectations regarding role, responsibilities and performance. It also establishes key contractual obligations for the executive and the employer concerning compensation and benefits, equity grants, the length or term of employment, early termination and its consequences, post-termination restrictions, and dispute resolution. Here are 10 important considerations when reviewing an executive employment …

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Attention: File H-1B Visas Early

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 …

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Employment Law Alert: Massachusetts Maternity Leave Becomes Parental Leave in April

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.

President Obama to Sign Executive Order With a Promising Impact on Business Immigration

By: Donald W. Parker, John J. Gallini and Grant W. Godfrey On Thursday November 20, 2014, President Obama announced that he would be using his powers already granted to him by the U.S. Constitution and Congress to make certain reforms to the United States’ broken immigration system.  Most of the fanfare (and most of his …

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Bob Shea to Moderate SBANE Panel Discussion on Non-Competes

On March 6th the Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE) is presenting a program titled “Should Employee Non-Competes Be Banned? Business Forum on Proposed Limits to Non-Competes in Massachusetts”. Many businesses require employees to sign non-compete agreements as a condition of employment. Some critics, however, believe the use of non-competes has been abused and should …

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Massachusetts Continues Its Efforts Against Independent Contractor Misclassification

By: Bob Shea Massachusetts Governor Patrick’s administration recently announced that it is launching a first-of-its-kind study to examine the scope and financial cost of the Commonwealth’s “underground economy.” Over the next year the study will seek to identify the extent of “employment fraud” by industry category and attempt to determine the amount of money the Commonwealth …

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Bob Shea to Present on Retaliation Claims Via Webinar

On January 17th MBBP Employment Attorney Bob Shea will be co-presenting a webinar titled "Don't Strike Back: Retaliation Claims on the Rise" through the American Arbitration Association University. This webinar will discuss: The nuances of retaliation claims. What differentiates retaliation claims from typical discrimination claims. How fact-finders – including judges, juries and arbitrators – view retaliation in …

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Wage & Hour Claims: What Employers Can Do to Avoid Them

On Wednesday, November 14th MBBP's employment practice is holding an informational seminar on wage and hour claims and what employers can do to avoid them. Wage and hour claims across the U.S. are at an all-time high. The laws governing the payment of wages, overtime pay, vacation pay, compensable working time and commissions, and the use of independent contractors, …

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New Hampshire Enacts Law Requiring Disclosure of Non-Compete Restrictions

By: Bob Shea Effective July 14, 2012, employers in New Hampshire must disclose any “non-compete” or “non-piracy” agreement to an employee or potential employee prior to making an offer of employments or an offer of change in job classification. Under RSA 275:70, if an employer fails to provide the employee or potential employee with a …

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