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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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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Employment Law Alert: Sick Time Law Update

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 …

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Employment Law Update: Proposed Sick Leave Regulations

As we previously advised clients, on November 4 Massachusetts voters approved a ballot measure entitling employees to earned sick leave, which goes into effect on July 1, 2015. The Massachusetts Attorney General recently issued proposed regulations on the application and enforcement of the new law. To learn more about the MA Sick Leave Law or the proposed regulations, please …

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Does your employee handbook include the recent changes?

Recent legal developments require changes in some employer policies and it’s time you reviewed these to be sure you’re not putting your company at risk for liability. Read our full advisor for all the details.

Our Greatest Hits of 2014!

From the Top Ten Issues in M&A Transactions to the Life Cycle of an IRS Audit we’re recapping the most popular articles and blogs in 2014! Other popular articles include: Avoiding Employee Claims of Unlawful Retaliation Enforcing Noncompetition Agreements International Travel on an H-1B Visa Common Publishing Legal Issues and How To Avoid Them Book …

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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.

‘Employment’ New Year Resolutions

With the new year starting up, we have put together a handful of tips to ensure your employment practices are in order.  It is time to update handbooks and policies, make sure reviews are on schedule for the year and put a “WISP” (Written Information Security Plan) into place if you haven’t already.  Ring the year in …

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Employment Law Clip: Retaliation Claims and Steps Employers Can Take to Avoid Them

Retaliation is now the most common type of discrimination alleged nationally, topping both race and gender. What are retaliation claims and what steps can employers take to reduce their risks? Check out our most recent Employment Law Clip to learn more: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4JK2BdTGUU Please feel free to contact any member of our Employment Law Group with any questions …

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