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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MBBP Client ConforMIS, Inc. Acknowledged for Patient Satisfaction with Knee Replacements

ConforMIS, Inc., a medical technology company that manufactures and sells joint replacement implants, received positive results from its iTotal CR study.  The iTotal CR is a fully customized implant for use in total knee replacement, and the study found that 92% of patients were satisfied with the product in the year after receiving a knee …

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New Employment Law Alert: Non-Compete Reform

MBBP's Employment Law Group just released an Employment Law Alert. As legislative efforts for post-employment noncompetition agreement reforms have remained at a standstill for the past eight years, Speaker Robert A. DeLeo has signaled support for a bill entitled, "Massachusetts Noncompetition Act". If H. 4323 is enacted, employers will have to quickly and carefully revise their employee restrictive agreements …

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June ELA Published: “Magic” Numbers

MBBP's Employment Law Group just released its June Employment Law Advisor. It is crucial for businesses to be aware of the ever-increasing array of laws that govern the workplace in order to maintain legal compliance and avoid legal exposure. For growing businesses, it is specifically important to understand how the number of employees dictates when the state and …

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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.

New Federal Law Protects Trade Secrets But Also Requires Changes to Employee and Contractor Agreements

By: Sandra E. Kahn It is expected that President Obama will soon sign into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA), which creates a new federal civil cause of action for trade secret theft.  While claims for trade secret theft may still be brought under the various state laws which protect intellectual property, …

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Employees and St. Patrick’s Day – what could go wrong there?!?

Employers already know that sexual harassment in the workplace is illegal and can result in liability, but employers should also know that under some circumstances sexual harassment outside of the workplace can result in employer liability. Check out today's post on our Employment Law Blog to learn more! Happy St. Patrick's Day from our Employment …

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2016 Rings in Changes for Employers

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 …

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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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