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October 18, 2019

What happened.  On September 30, 2019 , the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit Assisted Living Concepts, LLC d/b/a Enlivant and North Brook Place, a national owner and operator of senior living facilities, violated federal law by failing or refusing to make a reasonable accommodation to an employee with a disability resulting in her termination.

According to th...

October 4, 2019

What happened.  Exempt employees, because of their rate of pay and type of work that they do, are not eligible for overtime pay for hours worked over 40 in a workweek. Non-exempt employees must be paid time and a half for any hours worked more than 40 in a workweek. On September 24, the Department of Labor announced a final rule changing the salary-test for determining whether an employe...

September 14, 2019

Paid Family and Medical Leave: Massachusetts

If you're a Massachusetts employer with a workforce of any size, you're required to begin withholding Paid Family and Medical Leave contributions from covered individuals' wages beginning October 1, 2019. This is the pay date on or after October 1, not the pay period beginning October 1.  

Your contribution responsibilities depend on your a...

September 5, 2019

BACKGROUND. In 2012, the EEOC issued guidance that prohibited employers nationwide from instituting automatic, blanket bans on the hiring of individuals with criminal records, cautioning them away from policies categorically denying employment of convicted felons. In the intervening time, we’ve seen states moving to adopt “Ban the box” – banning employment application questions around convictions,...

August 29, 2019

The Case An Oklahoma Burger King Franchisee has settled a disabilities discrimination suit with the EEOC.  This franchise offered an intellectually disabled applicant a position as a dining-room/restroom attendant after an interview to which the applicant brought a job coach.  When the now prospective employee requested that a job coach provide on-site support, the company withdrew its offer of...

August 29, 2019

Until further notice, employers should continue using the Form I-9 currently available on I-9 Central, even after the expiration date of Aug. 31, has passed.

Updated information about the new version of the Form I-9 will be provided by the USCIS as it becomes available.

Employers must complete Form I-9 for all newly-hired employees to verify their identity and authorization to work in the United Sta...

August 14, 2019

Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave

The Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave law (PFML) requires most private employers to provide employees (including 1099-MISC contract workers) with paid family and medical leave - up to 12 weeks for eligible employees to care for a family member, and up to 20 weeks for the employee’s own serious health condition.  Leave will be available beginning...

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