Employee Handbooks

Published:  January 10, 2019

On Thursday, January 10, 2019, Attorney Daniel Carr presented a seminar on Employee Handbooks. He discussed what should be included, as well as some of the newer laws and amendments that have been implemented recently in Massachusetts. Some of these new laws include:

The new MA Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), in effect as of April 1, 2018, requires employers to engage in an interactive process with pregnant employees similar to the interactive process under the ADA.

Amendments to the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act (MEPA) came into effect on July 1, 2018. The basic premise of MEPA is equal pay for comparable work.

The “Grand Bargain” Bill was signed into law in August 2018, and will include:
- Implementation of 12-26 weeks of paid family leave in the year 2021;
- Raise in minimum wage to $15/hour to be in full effect by the year 2023;
- Time-and-a-half pay on Sundays and holidays will be phased out over a span of 5 years;  - Implementation of a permanent sales tax holiday over the span of a weekend in August

With many new Massachusetts employment laws going into effect this year, now is a good time for MA employers to look at their Employee Handbooks to see if any revisions may be necessary.

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