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Recent local FMLA cases clarify employer obligations

  • Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
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  • USA
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  • June 18 2009

The Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA") has received much attention lately

Break and meal periods generate unique wage-hour challenges for employers

  • Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
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  • USA
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  • November 13 2008

In nearly half of the states, rest breaks, meal periods or both are required by statute

Recent court rulings on employer review of employees’ electronic messages - adjustment to employer policies needed

  • Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
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  • USA
  • -
  • June 22 2010

Two recent cases, one from the U.S. Supreme Court and one from the Supreme Court of New Jersey, suggest that companies need to periodically, if not immediately, update their computer and e-mail policies in order to minimize or prevent litigation when employees use the company’s systems for personal messages

Employers must provide New Jersey employees with gender equity notice and acknowledgment form by February 5, 2014

  • Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
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  • USA
  • -
  • January 28 2014

Employers are reminded that they have until February 5, 2014 to distribute copies of New Jersey's new Gender Equity Notice ("Notice") which was

Recent developments in wage and hour law

  • Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
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  • USA
  • -
  • January 28 2013

October and November were busy months in the world of wage and hour law. In our continuing efforts to keep our clients and friends apprised of recent

Massachusetts highest court announces new standard for awarding punitive damages in discrimination cases under state law

  • Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • October 13 2009

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court announced this week a new standard concerning the circumstances in which punitive damages may be awarded on discrimination claims brought under the state’s antidiscrimination law, M.G.L. c. 151B

Company and its outside counsel are barred from reading personal e-mail messages between employee and her attorney

  • Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
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  • USA
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  • April 8 2010

As email has become the dominant mode of workplace communication, employers have attempted to make clear through written policies that there is no expectation of privacy when one utilizes company-provided computers and internet systems

The Judicial Court of Massachusetts upholds $2 million verdict against Wal-Mart for gender-based discrimination

  • Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • December 4 2009

In Haddad v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., SJC-10261, 2009 WL 3153155 (Mass. Oct. 5, 2009), the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts (“SJC”) upheld a gender discrimination jury verdict of $972,774 in compensatory damages and $1 million in punitive damages against Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (“Wal- Mart”

Court declines to apply ‘bona fide executive’ exception to former in-house counsel

  • Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
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  • USA
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  • December 4 2009

Certain companies have mandatory retirement policies that apply to senior executives who meet the requirements of the "bona fide executive" exemption under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA"

New ruling allows transgender individuals to claim sex discrimination under Title VII

  • Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
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  • USA
  • -
  • April 30 2012

Although transgender individuals are protected from employment discrimination by law in sixteen states and the District of Columbia, and five more states prohibit such discrimination by government employers, federal nondiscrimination law does not explicitly prohibit discrimination against transgender individuals