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Employer Loses Challenge on Independent Contractor

April 23, 2019

A recent court case serves as a reminder that the Massachusetts independent contractor law reaches beyond the commonwealth and that any employer hiring someone in Massachusetts must pay attention to all three prongs of the law to avoid liability. Read more...

Ask the Hotline | The Americans with Disabilities Act

April 23, 2019

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to employers with 15 or more employees. Read more...

Toolkit Helps Companies Deal with Employee Mental-Health Issues

April 23, 2019

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) launched a new resource this month to help employers understand the impact of mental-health issues in the workplace. The resource provides guidance on how to maintain a work environment that supports employees with mental-health and related conditions. Read more...

Court Narrows Overtime Exemption for Agriculture

April 9, 2019

A recent ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) addressed a legal dispute over whether the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) or the Massachusetts minimum wage and overtime law should apply to work done in a food-processing facility. Read more...

Ask the Hotline | Who Is Exempted from Overtime?

April 9, 2019

The state’s overtime statute (MGL 151 S1A) currently includes 20 exceptions for work performed in certain locations or in certain businesses. Read more...

Blue Cross, South Shore Change Formula on Health Costs

March 29, 2019

Under a first-of-its kind pilot program, Blue Cross is paying South Shore Hospital to control health costs while improving patient outcomes – even if that means referring patients to a clinician’s office that is unaffiliated with the hospital. South Shore will be rewarded for keeping its community healthy. Read more...

Court: Memorized Client List is Confidential Information

March 25, 2019

In a modern-day twist on the recall feats of Mr. Memory in Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller The 39 Steps, an employee was recently blocked by the court from using information allegedly in his memory about his former employer’s customers. Read more...

Key Dates Approach on Paid Family and Medical Leave

March 25, 2019

Employers should be aware of upcoming milestones as Massachusetts moves forward with a new system of paid family and medical leave. Read more...

EEO-1 Portal Open through May 31

March 25, 2019

The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) last week opened its EEO-1 online portal to receive 2018 EEO-1 Component 1 data during a filing period that runs through May 31, 2019. Read more...

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