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Friendlier Skies In Rhode Island: Sunday & Holiday Premium Pay Law Held Preempted For Airlines
The Rhode Island Supreme Court recently held that the Airline Deregulation Act (ADA), a federal law, preempts Rhode Island law requiring premium pay for Sunday and holidays.
United States
10 Jul 2019
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Clarifies Class Action Standards For Wage And Hour Cases
It also found that uncertainty in the exact number of persons who might have a valid claim is not a reason for denying class action treatment.
United States
2 May 2019
Check Please: New Requirements For Massachusetts Tipped Employees
The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office recently published guidance regarding how a new tipped-employee law is to be applied.
United States
11 Jan 2019
Frequently Asked Questions About The New Massachusetts Noncompetition Agreement Act
The recently-enacted Massachusetts Noncompetition Agreement Act ("Act") provides a roadmap for employers to follow to ensure enforcement of noncompetition agreements...
United States
10 Sep 2018
The Regular Rate Riddle In The Massachusetts "Grand Bargain" Legislation
The new "grand bargain" legislation Governor Charlie Baker signed into law last week gradually phases out the requirement that Massachusetts retailers pay time-and-a-half for work on Sundays or certain holidays.
United States
18 Jul 2018
California Announces A New Wage And Hour Independent Contractor Test
This new independent contractor test is modeled on Massachusetts' independent contractor statute, which has been considered the strictest in the country.
United States
3 May 2018
Massachusetts Attorney General Publishes Long-Anticipated Guidance On The Revised Pay Equity Law
The Massachusetts Attorney General has recently published an Overview and Frequently Asked Questions (the "Overview") regarding the amendment to the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act ...
United States
7 Mar 2018
Non-Competes To Stay In Massachusetts…For Now
This morning, Massachusetts woke up to what is becoming a regular occurrence: the legislature was unable to pass a bill limiting the use of non-competition agreements in the Commonwealth, although it...
United States
4 Aug 2016
Massachusetts Adds Teeth To Equal Pay Obligations
On July 23, 2016, the Massachusetts Legislature passed the Act to Establish Pay Equity. The stated purpose of the Act is to increase wage transparency and bridge the gender gap with regard to wages.
United States
29 Jul 2016
Federal Judge Holds FAAAA Preempts A Critical Portion Of The Massachusetts Independent Contractor Law
On July 8, 2015, a federal district court judge held that a section of the Massachusetts Independent Contractor law, as applied to same-day delivery services, is preempted by the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act of 1994.
United States
14 Jul 2015
Massachusetts Extends Labor And Employment Protections To Domestic Workers
Effective April 1, 2015, Massachusetts will become the fourth state (after New York, California and Hawaii) to extend employment protections specifically to domestic workers.
United States
2 Jan 2015
Confidentiality Clauses In Settlement Agreements Are Under Increasing Scrutiny By Regulators
In 2014 regulators increased their focus on the content of employee confidentiality, settlement and separation agreements.
United States
21 Nov 2014
FAAAA May Preempt Massachusetts Independent Contractor Law
The FAAAA broadly prohibits states from enacting or enforcing laws that affect the prices, routes or services that motor carriers offer for the transportation of property.
United States
3 Oct 2014
Supreme Court's First Sarbanes-Oxley Decision Promises Expansion of Coverage To Most Privately Held Businesses
In "Lawson v. FMR LLC", the Supreme Court massively expanded the scope of the anti-retaliation provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
United States
7 Mar 2014
When Is A Whistleblower Not A Whistleblower?
Even though Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act more than three years ago, the basic question of who can claim the anti-retaliation protections of that law are less clear than ever.
United States
1 Nov 2013
Class Action Waivers In Arbitration Agreements In Massachusetts
A flurry of new decisions from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and the U.S. Supreme Court have approved the use of class action waivers in arbitration agreements.
United States
18 Jul 2013
Recent Decisions Provide Guidance On Drafting Noncompetition Agreements Under Massachusetts Law
The recent case Interpros, Inc. v Athy, Civil Action No. 13-0214-F, illustrates the impact of the material change doctrine.
United States
13 Jun 2013
New Massachusetts Decision Shaves Employers´ Right To Enforce Personal Appearance Policies
A recent Massachusetts case substantially restricts the ability of employers in Massachusetts to enforce workplace personal appearance or grooming policies when an employee complains that such restrictions conflict with his or her religious beliefs.
United States
8 Dec 2008
New Rhode Island Law Grants Military Family Members Unpaid Leave
On June 23, 2008, Governor Donald Carcieri signed into law the Family Military Leave Act (the "Act"), Rhode Island General Laws sections 30-33-1 to 30-33-6.
United States
4 Aug 2008
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