Category: Employment Law

Client Alert: Department of Labor Guidance and Workplace Poster on Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Since the Senate passed and the President signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act” or “FFCRA”), the Department of Labor has issued guidance regarding the Act as well as a mandatory workplace notice that employers must provide to employees.  How to Comply with the Mandatory Notice Requirement  Each covered employer can…

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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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Client Alert: Families First Coronavirus Response Act Signed Into Law

Last Wednesday, the Senate passed and the President signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”). The Act has undergone revisions regarding the paid sick and family leave programs since the House’s passing of the Act, mostly designed to limit some of the leave provided and capping the paid leave to match…

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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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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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