Category: Employment Law

Massachusetts Equal Pay Act Goes Into Effect – What employers need to know…

On July 1, 2018 the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act (“MEPA”) went into effect, which combats gender-based pay disparities within Massachusetts.  The goal of MEPA is to ensure fairness and equity in the workplace while clarifying what constitutes unlawful wage discrimination.  With its more liberal application and multiple damages, employers must become aware of the implications…

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Dianna Williams joins RIW in the Litigation Group

RIW is pleased to announce that Dianna Williams has joined the firm in the Litigation group. She will also work in the firm’s Commercial Real Estate group. She will concentrate her practice on complex business and commercial litigation.  Dianna has a strong foundational knowledge of a range of topics, including contract law, commercial litigation, construction disputes, employment law, secured transactions, mortgage foreclosures, loan workouts,…

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RIW employment attorney Dave Robinson quoted in Boston Globe article on Massachusetts’ new pay equity law

RIW employment attorney Dave Robinson quoted in Boston Globe article on Massachusetts’ new pay equity law:  Full article.

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Client Alert: Governor Baker’s “Grand Bargain”

On June 28, 2018, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a bill into law (H 4640) that will alter workplace pay and benefits for employers and employees across the state. Below is a synopsis of the bill: Hourly Minimum Wage Increases. Hourly wages will increase progressively from $11 to $15 per hour by 2023. It is estimated…

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Employment Alert: New Assessments from Department of Unemployment Assistance

If your company has more than five employees with health insurance from Masshealth or Connect Care, you should be aware of new assessments levied by the state. Last week, many employers received a new bill from the Department of Unemployment Assistance (“DUA”), which implemented the first assessments under the supplemental employer medical assistance contribution program (“EMAC”)….

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“Best Management Practices for Hotel Operators” A Hotel & Lodging Industry Breakfast and Panel Discussion Featuring Industry Operators and Legal Advisors

Massachusetts Lodging Association & Ruberto, Israel & Weiner Present: “Best Management Practices for Hotel Operators” – A Hotel & Lodging Industry Breakfast and Panel Discussion Featuring Industry Operators and Legal Advisors. The event will be taking place on December 7th at the Omni Parker House Hotel. RIW Commercial Real Estate & Hospitality Licensing attorney Adam Barnosky will…

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RIW Attorney Dave Robinson to Speak at NRTA National Conference

RIW attorney Dave Robinson will speak at the 2017 National Retail Tenants Association National Conference starting on Sunday, September 24th at the New Orleans Marriott in New Orleans, LA. More information.

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Massachusetts High Court Reverses Dismissal of Disability Discrimination Suit Involving Medical Marijuana

In a landmark decision published on Monday, July 17, 2017, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) ruled that medical marijuana use may constitute a reasonable accommodation, overturning an employer’s termination of an employee for failing a drug test due to her use of medicinal marijuana. This is the first state court to require employers to…

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FLSA ALERT:  Texas Federal District Court Issues Injunction Preventing Implementation of FLSA Salary Increase

On May 21, 2016, the US Department of Labor (DOL) issued new overtime regulations that increased the salary threshold for certain exempt employees, increasing it from $455 per week (or $23,660 per year) to $913 per week (or $47,476 per year).  These changes were to be effective on December 1, 2016. However, on November 22,…

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Massachusetts Equal Pay Act Increasing Employee Liability for Gender Based Pay Inequities

In August, Governor Charlie Baker signed the comprehensive pay equity bill into law which was unanimously passed by both the Massachusetts House and Senate (the “Equal Pay Act”).  The new law amends Massachusetts’ equal pay law, which was originally passed in 1945.  The bill is designed to better define comparable work and to ensure that…

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