Category: Employment Law

Impact on Employers of the FDA Approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) recently approved use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for the prevention of the COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age or older. Previously, all COVID-19 vaccinations administered in the United States were approved through Emergency Use Authorization (“EUA”), which enables the FDA to allow for use of…

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Vaccinations in the Workplace: What Can Be Required of Employees

The “new normal” following the COVID-19 pandemic appears just across the horizon. The number of active COVID-19 cases continues to decline. Traffic is increasing. The sun is coming out and temperatures are rising (aside from Memorial Day weekend). This return to normalcy is helped in great part by the large number of people in the Bay…

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Employment Alert: Massachusetts Enacts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave

On May 28, 2021, Governor Baker signed into law a temporary requirement for employers to provide employees up to 40 hours of COVID-19 emergency paid sick leave (EPSL) and created a $75 Million fund for employers to seek reimbursement. EPSL will start on June 7, 2021 and remain in effect until September 30, 2021 or…

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Client Alert: Biden Administration to Push Ban on Non-Compete Agreements

In December, President-Elect Biden released his “Plan for Strengthening Worker Organizing, Collective Bargaining, and Unions” (the “Plan”), outlining the incoming administration’s labor and employment policy goals. Among the Plan’s proposals are the “eliminat[ion] of non-compete agreements, except the very few that are absolutely necessary to protect a narrowly defined category of trade secrets, and [an]…

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Employment Law Alert: Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Goes into Effect on January 1, 2021

Given the tumultuous nature of 2020, Mass Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) may have not surprisingly flown under the radar for many employers. However, starting on January 1st, most of PFML goes into effect. RIW’s prior client alerts summarize the PFML as well as employer’s obligations. Further information published by the Department of Family…

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COVID-19 Vaccinations in the Employment Setting

Over the last week, the United States saw a heartening advancement in the COVID-19 situation: the distribution and administration of a vaccine.  This exciting development suggests a return to “normal” may, in fact, be on the horizon.  At the same time, many questions remain concerning the COVID-19 vaccination in the employment context.  Can an employer…

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RIW Employment Law Attorney David Robinson Will Be a Panelist on ProVisors Business Advisory Webinar Hiring and Managing in the Workplace in the New Normal

The ProVisors Business Advisory Group is hosting a weekly webinar series called “Surviving, Thriving and Growing Your Business Through the Pandemic” from September 29, 2020, to November 10, 2020. RIW employment law attorney David Robinson will be a panelist on the webinar Hiring and Managing in the Workplace in the “New Normal” taking place on…

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RIW Employment Law Attorney David Robinson Will Co-Host Reading-North Reading Chamber of Commerce Back to Work Webinar

David Robinson, shareholder and the coordinator of RIW’s Employment Law Practice Group, will co-host the Reading-North Reading Chamber of Commerce “Back to Work Webinar” with Ken DeMoura of DeMoura Smith on May 20, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. This webinar will cover the steps you should take to reopen as well as best…

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Restaurant Industry Discussion on Legal & Business Issues Related to COVID-19 Outbreak – Webinar Recording

Thank you to everyone who was able to participate in the Restaurant Industry Discussion on Legal & Business Issues Related to the COVID-19 Outbreak webinar on Monday, March 23, 2020. These are challenging times and we hope it was useful. If you have any questions related to the subjects discussed in the webinar, or if…

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House Passes Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Last Saturday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to address the anticipated economic impacts of the Coronavirus outbreak and to provide support to affected Americans. Although the bill may be subject to changes, it is expected that the Senate will pass the bill and it will be signed into…

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