September 2, 2020

Generally speaking, current and former employees of Massachusetts employers have a right to request a copy of their personnel file. In order for the request to fit within the scope of the Massachusetts Personnel Records Law, however, it needs to be done in writing. Email is sufficient.

There are many different types of employers, so it is impossible to speak generally as to whom the request should...

Massachusetts has announced a four-phased approach to reopening the economy amidst the COVID-19 / Coronavirus pandemic.

They also published Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards. The new standards will be required across the board to all reopening workplaces, with the goal of reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission to employees and customers. The new Workplace Safety Standards are as follow...

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) went into effect on April 1, 2020.

There are primarily two provisions relevant to workplaces:  the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (Emergency FMLA) and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act. 

The Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (Emergency FMLA)

Previously, to be eligible for the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)...

Employees often come to me with a proposed severance agreement and general release they received from their employers. These documents can be called a number of things, including a separation agreement, and can take a number of different forms, such as a letter. Typically, they are given to an employee to consider upon termination.  

Because the employer wrote it, the employer has sought...

A recent Massachusetts Appeals Court case reaffirms two long-held principles under the Massachusetts wage laws: that 1) certain corporate officers may be held individually liable for Wage Act violations; and 2) where employers fail to comply with the legal obligations to maintain certain time-keeping records, they should not benefit from that in litigation. 

1. Individual Liability for Certain Off...

I wanted to touch briefly on those employment policies sometimes found in employee handbooks that ban employees from discussing their pay with each other. 

The purpose of the policies is often to keep employees in the dark about what others are paid so as to, among other things, not allow resentment to creep in.

A downside to these policies, however, is that to the extent there is discrimination at...

December 12, 2018

As of January 1, 2019, the Massachusetts minimum wage will go up, and it will continue to go up each year on January 1 in the following steps:

  • January 1, 2019  -- $12.00  

  • January 1, 2020  -- $12.75   

  • January 1, 2021  -- $13.50  

  • January 1, 2022  -- $14.25   

  • January 1, 2023  -- $15.00   

The service rate is also go...

On Friday, August 10, 2018, Governor Baker signed an economic development bill that will bring about some big changes to the noncompete landscape in Massachusetts. For an overview of some of the key provisions, read here

The law goes into effect October 1, 2018.

Doorways Employment Law is a virtual employment law practice, leveraging the power of technology to connect with clients in the most efficien...

Last week, the legislature passed a bill, which, if the Governor signs, will provide for some big changes to the legal landscape governing non-competes in Massachusetts.

Despite signing 53 other bills yesterday, however, Governor Baker still has not signed the noncompete bill. 

Here, I will set out a brief overview of some of the biggest changes this bill would provide. I'm not going to go into too...

Following are a few reminders from the Massachusetts Appeals Court in an employment discrimination case, Scarlett v. City of Boston, out last week on how a case should be analyzed at summary judgment, particularly where the employer's reasons given for the termination are demonstrated to be false. 

Summary judgment is a critical stage in any civil case. If a judge grants an employer's motion for s...

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