In 1982, Wisconsin became the first state to prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation both in the public and private sphere. Massachusetts was the next state to do so in 1989 and subsequently took the lead in the nation on the issue of s…
July 26 marked the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) — landmark legislation that created rights for individuals with physical and mental disabilities in employment, government facilities and services, places of …
Discrimination based on transgender status or gender identity is a developing area of employment law. Some states, including Massachusetts, have recognized gender identity as a protected class under state anti-discrimination laws. Federal courts are increas…
Many employers are struggling to roll out new policies and payroll practices that are compliant with the new Massachusetts Earned Sick Leave law by the July 1, 2015 effective date, which is fast approaching.
The subject of parental leave has received a lot of attention in the media following President Obama’s recent focus on family issues in this year’s State of the Union speech. Indeed, the president has since directed federal agencies to grant their …
As the new year approaches, employers would be wise to include in their resolutions efforts to ensure compliance with the myriad employment laws affecting their business, including those related to sick leave, disability discrimination, sexual harassment, and …
Massachusetts recently enacted new legislation related to domestic violence. The new law, which was effective immediately when signed by Gov. Deval Patrick on Aug. 8, impacts some employers in the Commonwealth. Under this law, employers with 50 or more empl…