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Employment Law Alert: Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks New Overtime Rule From Taking Effect On December 1 11/23/2016

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ELA Alert Banner Logo (M0053443xB1386)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: Massachusetts Pay Equity Law Imposes New Restrictions 08/11/2016

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2015-01-05_8-57-41MBBP’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 our Employment Law Blog.

2016 Rings in Changes for Employers 12/30/2015

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With 2016 upon us there are a few important changes to keep in mind, as well as recommendations to get your employment law practices in order.

Below is a short list to be aware of.

  • Minimum Wage Goes Up
  • Earned Sick Leave Safe Harbor Ends
  • Sexual Harassment Law Compliance
  • Data Protection Compliance

For all the details read our Employment Law Alert.

If you have questions about any of the above suggestions, please contact any member of MBBP’s Employment Law Group.

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.

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.

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.

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.

NLRB Abandons Notice Posting Requirement 01/09/2014

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January 2, 2014 was the deadline for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to file a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court to review the appellate court decisions. The NLRB chose not to file a petition, thus effectively abandoning the notice posting requirement. (Note that this does not impact the requirement under Executive Order 13496 that non-exempt federal contractors and subcontractors post a notice informing employees of their NLRA rights.) The NLRB’s website now notes: “Appellate courts have enjoined the NLRB’s rule requiring the posting of employee rights under the [NLRA]. However, employees are free to voluntarily post the notice.”

For more information on what this means for employers, please see the full Alert.

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

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