Category: Employment Law

Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act: Upcoming Compliance Deadlines Alert

While the Massachusetts’ Paid Family Medical Leave (PFML) does not officially go into effect until January 1, 2021, employers must notify employees by September 30, 2019 and begin deducting withholdings as of October 1, 2019. Unlike the Federal Family Medical Leave Act, PFML applies to all employers and may also include independent contractors. PFML offers…

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Massachusetts Minimum Wage Changes For Tipped Employees

Starting January 1, 2019, the “Grand Bargain” Law, in addition to increasing the minimum wage from $11 to $12 per hour, changed both the tip credit employees receive and how tip credit is calculated.  The changes in calculation could have a significant impact on restaurant’s payroll practices in the short term. The tip credit allows…

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RIW employment attorney Dave Robinson quoted in Boston Herald article regarding Recreational Marijuana Legal Ramifications

RIW employment attorney Dave Robinson quoted in Boston Herald article regarding Recreational Marijuana Legal Ramifications. Full article. 

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Massachusetts Law Strictly Limits Non-Competes Starting on October 1, 2018

On August 10, 2018, Governor Baker signed a new bill into law that significantly restricts the use of non-compete agreements in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Noncompetition Agreement Act goes into effect on October 1, 2018, which does not provide employers much time to digest these changes and make necessary modifications to update their agreements. Below is brief…

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Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave – Next Steps for Employers

Recently, Massachusetts passed as part of the “grand bargain,” a law creating paid family and medical leave for all eligible employees in the state. Following New York and California’s lead, the paid family and medical leave law in Massachusetts will be available for employees in 2021. The new law provides for the following types of…

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RIW Employment attorney David Robinson moderated a panel about recent “Grand Bargain”

Ruberto, Israel & Weiner Employment attorney David Robinson moderated a panel about the recent “Grand Bargain” signed by Charlie Baker, for the Reading Chamber on September 26, 2018 at the Meadowbrook Golf Club located at 292 Grove Street, Reading, Ma.  The new legislation includes a jump in minimum wage as well as a new employer funded…

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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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