Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has announced the state will advance to Step 1 of Phase IV of its COVID-19 Reopening Plan on March 22, 2021. At that time, the state will enforce a scaled back Travel Advisory.
Articles Discussing General Topics In Massachusetts Labor & Employment Law.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has announced that effective Monday, February 8th at 5:00 AM, businesses can operate at 40% capacity.
On January 20, 2021, an expanded five-judge panel of the Massachusetts Appeals Court issued its opinion in Terence Meehan v. Medical Information Technology, Inc., No. 19-P-1412, and affirmed a lower court decision granting the employer’s motion to dismiss the plaintiff’s wrongful discharge in violation of public policy claim.
On January 14, 2021, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law an economic stimulus bill, H.5250, An Act Enabling Partnerships for Growth, which includes two significant changes to Massachusetts wage and hour laws. First, the new legislation amended the law pertaining to holiday premium pay on New Year’s Day, Columbus
As of January 1, employees in Massachusetts have been able to apply to the Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) for job-protected time off and wage replacement benefits under the Paid Family and Medical Leave Law (PFMLL). The DFML has been hard at work implementing procedures to process claims
Massachusetts employers have faced numerous challenges in the past year with the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite swift development of promising vaccines, the pandemic continues unabated, leaving many employers to confront pressing employee absence issues while navigating new employment leave laws.
Naturally, due to the novel issues presented, Massachusetts employers frequently
To slow the spread of COVID-19 and to avoid overwhelming Massachusetts hospitals, Governor Charlie Baker ordered (No. 59) further limitations on capacity at gatherings, events, and workplaces. These restrictions are effective at 12:01 a.m. on December 26, 2020, and will remain in place for at least two weeks, until noon on January 10, 2021.
Just as the whirlwind of 2020 winds down, Massachusetts employers are preparing for what is perhaps the most significant legislative update for worker leave in the past five years. On January 1, 2021, the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFML) will begin providing benefits to eligible workers for
Citing significant increases in confirmed COVID-19 cases, positive COVID-19 tests, and hospitalizations for COVID-19, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has issued orders rolling back Massachusetts business reopenings and further limiting mass gatherings. These orders go into effect on December 13, 2020.
On September 16, 2020, in Peeples v. Clinical Support Options, Inc., No. 3:20-cv-30144, a federal district court in Massachusetts took the unusual step of precluding an employer from discharging an employee who claimed an inability to work in the office due to a disability, and ordered the employer to allow
Massachusetts employers subject to the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) may be wondering whether and how to amend their existing FMLA policies for consistency with the new Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Law (PFMLL), under which employees will be eligible to take paid medical and family leave starting on January 1, 2021. There is still time to adjust FMLA policies, but one aspect of a typical FMLA policy might require prompt attention: the method for calculating the 12-month period applicable to an employee’s leave entitlement. Most employers use the “rolling look-back” method, but this option is not available under the PFMLL. If an employer wishes to change its FMLA policy to align with the PFMLL in this area the employer must bear in mind that FMLA regulations require 60 days’ notice to employees before making a change.
The Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General has created a new Data Privacy and Security Division. This Division is charged with protecting consumers from the threats to the privacy and security of their data. The Attorney General, Maura Healey, announced “The Data Privacy and Security Division will build on our