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Tuesday, November 6th is Election Day!

Tuesday, November 6th is Election Day. In Massachusetts, there are current elections for a U.S. Senate seat, all 9 U.S. House of Representatives districts, Governor, state Attorney General, state Secretary of State, state Senate, state House of Represent…
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EEOC: Sexual Harassment Trends

Earlier this month, the EEOC published its Fiscal Year report for 2018. Many expected to see a significant uptick in sexual harassment cases filed at the EEOC after the emergence of high profile sexual harassment allegations in the media over the last yea…
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The Purple Standard

In early August, the National Labor Relations Board announced that it was considering whether to deviate from the precedent of 2014’s Purple Communications, Inc. decision. To that end, the Board invited interested parties to submit amicus briefs on wheth…
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Accurate Job Descriptions: More Important Than Ever!

With the recent passage of the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act, the importance of accurate job descriptions is again driven home. As a refresher, the Equal Pay Act requires equal pay for “comparable work.” Comparable work is defined as work that requires “sub…
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Complying with the National Labor Relations Act

For employers, the most challenging aspect of complying with the National Labor Relations Act is the likelihood that National Labor Relations Board policy can change drastically over short periods of time. Over the last decade, the Obama-era NLRB greatly …
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Governor Baker Signs Non-Compete Bill into Law

Big changes are on the horizon regarding non-competition agreements. For the first time, there may be legal restrictions on the terms of those agreements, and, in a major development, employers may be required to pay former employees during the non-compet…
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Language Course: Legislature Passes Bill Restricting Non-compete Agreements

Big changes may be on the horizon regarding non-competition agreements. For the first time, there may be legal restrictions on the terms of those agreements, and, in a major development, employers may be required to pay former employees during the non-com…
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Massachusetts Sales Tax Holiday Reinstated

For the first time since the year 2015, Massachusetts will have a sales tax free holiday. Governor Baker signed a bill stating that August 11 and 12 will be sales tax free days. The holiday eliminates the state’s 6.25% tax on the Aug. 11-12 weekend for al…
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Treading Lightly Within Employment Law

A recent federal court ruling highlighted a risk for employers, particularly small employers, about which you may not be aware. If you are a small business, you may not pay close attention to employment law decisions because many employment laws require a…
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Ballot Measures

Ballot measures are a risky way of making law. Proponents argue that ballot measures are the most accurate representation of the will of the electorate. Detractors argue that voters often aren’t knowledgeable about nuanced issues and ballot measures are n…
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Royal, P.C. Receives Recognition as a Finalist For Best Law Firm 2018. (Published: July 2018).

Royal, P.C., recently received recognition as a finalist for Best Law Firm for the 2018 Readers Choice Awards, as published by the Daily Hampshire Gazette. Royal, P.C. was bestowed this honor based upon the influx of votes we've received from the Pioneer …
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Preventing Bystander Effect in the Workplace

Much of the standard run-of-the-mill harassment training conducted in the past have not been 100% effective as a prevention tool; the focus mainly being on avoiding legal liability. Litigation is costly to a business, and can drag on for years. It behoove…
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Preparing for I-9 Audits

There will be an insurgence going forward of I-9 audits in relation to workers employed within the United States. All U.S. employers are required to verify the identity and work authorization of their U.S. employees hired after the year 1986, according to…
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The Machinations of the Grand Bargain

Virtually all members of the Massachusetts business community are aware that new legislation was passed last week, which will have an enormous effect on most businesses. The new legislation, H.4640, was signed into law by Governor Baker on June 28, 2018. …
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The Grand Bargain

As subscribers to our firm’s email blasts are aware, last week, the Massachusetts Legislature announced that it has passed what has been termed a “Grand Bargain” regarding certain employment laws.
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Shades of Gray: Free Speech in the Workplace Can Be a Thorny Topic

Recent high-profile issues around free speech in the workplace — from the NFL’s new national-anthem policy to ABC’s blackballing of Roseanne Barr — have elicited much debate in the public square, with the point often made that private-sector employees hav…
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The Art of “Rulemaking” in US Law

It may sounds crazy, but most Americans don’t know where the law comes from. Most people mistakenly assume that all laws are created through legislation. However, American law can be created in numerous different ways.
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NLRB Issues Advisory Opinion Regarding Handbook Policies

The National Labor Relations Board recently issued an Advisory Opinion regarding common Employee Handbook polices. The Advisory marks a change in NLRB interpretation of common handbook policies.
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Ban the Box Amendments

In the middle of last month, Governor Baker signed a bill which will amend Massachusetts’s current “Ban the Box” legislation. The new bill expands some of the protections afforded to job applicants, and unfortunately, will place additional burdens on empl…
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Self-Audit Under the New Massachusetts Equal Pay Act

As employers are aware, the amendments to the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act (MEPA) come online on July 1, 2018. A new MEPA provision that employers need to be aware of is the defense MEPA will allow for a good faith self-audit designed to determine whether …
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