Recent News and Alerts

  • Jan 19, 2017

    Labor and Employment Advisory: MA Courts Adopt Narrow Test for Unpaid Meal Breaks

    On December 23, 2016, the Massachusetts Superior Court reached a decision in DeVito et al. v. Longwood Security Services, Inc., et al. regarding how to determine whether employees should be compensated for the time they are on a meal break, choosing to apply the more narrow “relief from duties” test.

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  • Dec 22, 2016

    Do Employees Get Paid for Snow Days?

    It is officially winter here in Massachusetts, and with the cold of the coming months also comes the prospect of businesses being closed for snow days. As a result, employees and employers alike might be asking, do workers get paid for snow days?

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  • Nov 28, 2016

    Labor and Employment Advisory: Texas Judge Blocks DOL’s New Overtime Regulations

    On Tuesday, November 22, 2016, a federal judge in Texas issued a nationwide hold on implementation of the Department of Labor’s new regulations that would have expanded overtime laws to over 4 million workers in the United States.
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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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  • May 27, 2016

    Labor and Employment Advisory: DOL Issues New Overtime Regulations

    The U.S. Department of Labor issued new overtime regulations, expanding overtime protections for 4.2 million workers nationwide and 84,000 workers in Massachusetts.
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