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Massachusetts “Grand Bargain” Raises Minimum Wage, Ends Sunday and Holiday Premium Pay, Creates Paid Family and Medical Leave

July 2 2018 On June 28, 2018, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law “An Act Relative to Minimum Wage, Paid Family Medical Leave and the Sales Tax…

Employment & Labor in Massachusetts

January 3 2019 A structured guide to employment & labor law in Massachusetts

Employee termination law in Massachusetts

September 4 2018 A structured guide to employee termination law in Massachusetts

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Added to Title VII’s List of Protected Classes

June 17 2020 In a landmark 6-3 decision issued on June 15, 2020, Bostock v. Clayton County, 590 U.S. ____ (2020), the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that…

Massachusetts Recognizes Juneteenth as a State Holiday

August 10 2020 On July 24, 2020, Governor Baker signed a bill recognizing Juneteenth, June 19th, as an annual state holiday in Massachusetts. Juneteenth is a…

Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave Updates 2022 Contribution Rates and Benefit Amounts: Employers to Notify Employees

December 1 2021 On October 1, 2021, the Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) announced updates to contribution rates and weekly benefit amounts…

First Circuit Court of Appeals Refuses to Enjoin Mass General Brigham’s Mandatory Vaccination Policy

November 24 2021 On November 18, 2021, the First Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling by the Federal District Court in Massachusetts denying Mass General Brigham…

NLRB General Counsel Explains Bargaining Obligations for Unionized Employers regarding the New Emergency Temporary Standard to Protect Workers from Coronavirus (ETS)

November 11 2021 On November 10, 2021, the National Labor Relations Board’s General Counsel’s’ Office issued Memorandum OM-22-03 outlining an employer’s bargaining…

Legal Challenges to the OSHA Mandatory Vaccination Rule to be Considered in Consolidated Case; Future Regarding Implementation of the Rule Remains Uncertain

November 9 2021 On November 8, 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) moved to merge the multiple legal challenges initiated in response to the Biden…

Biden Administration Publishes Details of Vaccine Mandate Covering Most Large Employers and Health Care Employers

November 4 2021 On November 4, 2021, the Biden Administration announced the details of two comprehensive rules that establish mandatory COVID-19 vaccination…