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Retail Marijuana and its Impact on the Workplace

The legalization of marijuana in Massachusetts and the opening of local marijuana stores has left employers a little hazy on how this may impact their business. On Thursday, February 7th, Royal, P.C. will host a round-table style seminar to discuss some…
The legalization of marijuana in Massachusetts and the opening of local marijuana stores ha…ny questions about the implementation of the Massachusetts Marijuana law or drug https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/event/marijuana-and-workplace/

Employee Handbooks

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. Join Attorney Daniel Carr for a seminar on Employee Handbooks. He…
With many new Massachusetts employment laws going into effect this year…ments that have been implemented recently in Massachusetts. Some of these new laws include https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/event/employee-handbooks/

Royal P.C. Successfully Obtains Lack of Probable Cause Dismissal

Royal attorneys successfully obtain a dismissal on the basis of lack of probable cause in a case against a regional non-profit organization. The Complainant alleged discrimination on the basis of age and race/color.
no discriminatory motive was present. The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination agreed wit https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/firm-news/royal-pc-successfully-obtains-lack-probable-cause-dismissal/

Flu Season for Employers

It’s official. Flu season is back. Many of us are keeping our fingers crossed that we won’t have to suffer the fevers, congestion, sneezing, fatigue, and other symptoms this year. For employers, flu season adds an extra burden, including the operational b…
ept or teach the specific claimed belief. Massachusetts law does not provide a real answer. Massachu… in the US District Court in the District of Massachusetts https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/flu-season-employers/

Employee Handbooks

Daniel C. Carr With many new Massachusetts employment laws going into effect this year…ments that have been implemented recently in Massachusetts. Some of these new laws include https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/event/seminar-tbd1/

Happy New Year! Changes Coming to MA Wage and Hour Law

As we enter the month of December, employers need to be aware of changes, and potential changes, coming to wage and hour law in 2019...
n making preparations for an increase in the Massachusetts hourly minimum wage to …ation of the Grand Bargain that will see the Massachusetts hourly minimum wage rise to https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/happy-new-year-changes-coming-ma-wage-and-hour-law/

When the Law is Unclear, What Employers Should do

Recently, the US Department of Justice filed a brief with the US Supreme Court arguing that federal law does not provide anti-discrimination protections for individuals on the basis of gender identity. The DOJ’s position contradicts the position that the …
Massachusetts https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/when-law-unclear-what-employers-should-do/

Update for Massachusetts Employers Regarding Leave for Veterans

Veterans Day will be observed this year on Monday, November 12, 2018. This is the first Veterans Day since the recent amendments to the Massachusetts HOME Act (M.G.L. c. 149 Section 52A ½).
erans Day since the recent amendments to the Massachusetts HOME Act …as those terms are defined under Massachusetts law…. If you have any questions regarding the Massachusetts HOME Act https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/update-massachusetts-employers-regarding-leave-veterans/

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…
In Massachusettsever state laws may grant such rights. In Massachusetts https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/tuesday-november-6th-election-day/

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…
P.C. wrote that the Massachusetts state equivalent of the EEOC… the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/eeoc-sexual-harassment-trends/

Incoming Employment Reform

Back in May 2018, we wrote that Governor Baker had signed new criminal justice reform legislation that had significant effects on Massachusetts’ ‘Ban the Box” regulations. Among other things, it shortened the time for sealing off criminal records...
legislation that had significant effects on Massachusettsis bill has been a huge step forward for the Massachusetts criminal justice system. The reforms will https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/incoming-employment-reform-rules/

Royal Attorneys Successfully Obtain Dismissal of Case at the MCAD

Royal attorneys successfully obtain a dismissal on the basis of lack of probable cause in a case against a regional non-profit organization. The Complainant alleged discrimination on the basis of race and color. Royal attorneys argued that the Complainant…
no discriminatory motive was present. The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination agreed wit https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/firm-news/royal-attorneys-successfully-obtain-dismissal-case-mcad/

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…
With the recent passage of the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/accurate-job-descriptions-more-important-ever/

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…
This is the result of a bill passed by the Massachusetts state legislature that was signed by Gov. Ba… bill adapts the standards typically used by Massachusetts courts in enforcing non https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/governor-baker-signs-non-compete-bill-law/

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…
This is the result of a bill passed by the Massachusetts state legislature that https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/newsletters/legislature-passes-bill-restricting-non-compete-agreements/

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…
Massachusetts will have a sales tax free holiday. Governor… will be sales tax free days in the state of Massachusetts going forward. The holiday eliminates the https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/massachusetts-sales-tax-holiday-reinstated/

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…
the District Court for the District of Massachusetts ruled that an employee can bring a claim of https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/treading-lightly-within-employment-law/

Royal Successfully Argues Motion for Summary Judgment

Royal attorneys successfully obtained summary judgment for a Fortune 500 Company in a federal wrongful discharge, defamation, and retaliation lawsuit. The court adopted our position that Plaintiff’s unsupported assertions were not enough to defeat sum…
Termination in violation of Massachusetts Public Policy. In addition https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/firm-news/royal-successfully-argues-partial-motion-summary-judgment/

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. …
mpact on doing business in the Commonwealth. Massachusetts employers are constantly asked to change the… Virtually all members of the Massachusetts business community are aware that new legisl https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/machinations-grand-bargain/

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.
the Massachusetts Legislature announced that it has passed wha…Bargain would result in paid family leave in Massachusetts Massachusetts employees would be entitled to 12 weeks of p https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/grand-bargain/

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