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Oct
7
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…
Sep
14
Employers, beware of the questions you ask your employees during their annual fitness-for-duty examinations. All-too-familiar questions regarding family medical history and past trips to the hospital may run afoul of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) a…
Sep
10
Over the past 30 years, the demographics of the workforce have changed. Women comprise approximately half of the working population, many of whom are working mothers. In addition, although women primarily continue to carry caregiver responsibilities, gender li…
Aug
10
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Apr
22
Not all discrimination is open or obvious. Sometimes it can sneak up on you in ways you have not imagined. In fact, you may face a viable discrimination claim even when you did not intend to discriminate against someone. Under a disparate-impact theory …
Feb
11
Jill arrives at work on Valentine’s Day to find a box of chocolates, a teddy bear, and a card on her desk. Smiling, she reaches for the card. Her smile fades as she identifies her admirer. Valentine’s Day is a reminder of a common challenge many…
Dec
31
As we usher in the new year, employers should be mindful of pending legislation that has the potential to impact their businesses. Here are some things to keep an eye on. Independent Contractors One piece of legislation related to independent contractors p…
Nov
4
The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) and its federal counterpart, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), have identified disability discrimination as one of their top priorities. Consequently, employers would be wise to take…
Sep
10
In May 2013, actress Angelina Jolie announced that she underwent a preventive double mastectomy after learning through genetic testing that she carries a genetic mutation (BRCA1), which significantly increases her risk of breast and ovarian cancer. The very sa…
Jul
30
Not surprisingly, given the number of transitional and safe harbors included in the interpretive regulations related to the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. ‘Obamacare,’ the most recent change is that involving the implementation of the ‘play-or-p…
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