Recent News and Alerts

  • Sep 27, 2016

    Labor and Employment Advisory: No Labor Relations Privilege in Massachusetts—For Now

    On August 25, 2016, the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts declined to create a "labor relations privilege" for communications between employees and their union representatives.

    On September 7, the District Court also rejected applying the Title VII standard for employer liability to state discrimination actions under M.G.L. 151B.

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  • Aug 03, 2016

    Labor and Employment Advisory: Massachusetts Passes Pay Equity Bill

    The Massachusetts Pay Equity Act, signed into law on August 1, creates new protections to close the gap in pay between men and women—including the first in the nation bar on asking for salary history in an interview.

    Also, the 1st Circuit issued its decision in Burns v. Johnson, finding that circumstantial evidence is sufficient to overcome a summary judgment motion in gender discrimination and harassment claims.

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