January 30, 2018

I love this story. 

Alex Cora, a native of Puerto Rico, was negotiating his managerial contract with the Boston Red Sox this past October, just as Puerto Rico was beginning its recovery from Hurricane Maria.  

It seems that as part of Cora's personal employment contract, he negotiated a provision in which the Red Sox agreed to deliver medical supplies and other equipment to Puerto Rico to...

January 19, 2018

 The Massachusetts Appeals Court last week issued a quick reminder on the effect of general releases in severance agreements. This particular opinion came down after four years worth of employment litigation concerning one man's severance agreement.

First, what's a "general release"? In the context of a severance agreement (sometimes called a separation agreement), if an employee signs one, he or she i...

December 29, 2017

A recent op-ed in the New York Times advocates for the imposition of just cause employment to be passed as part of any employment reform legislation. I explain the concepts of employment-at-will and its opposite, just cause employment, to prospective clients all the time so I wanted to take the opportunity to explain it here in the wake of this op-ed

The default employment relationship in Massachuset...

November 28, 2017

A 2013 lawsuit filed by a former high level employee of the Plymouth County District Attorney's Office recently settled and made it into the news. The case provides yet another example of how an employment law case can play out, so I wanted to write up some of the particular facts here for those employees who are looking to understand how employment litigation works. 

A former Assistant District A...

July 20, 2017

A new case out of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC), the highest state court, looks at whether a woman who had a valid prescription for medical marijuana, but failed her employer's drug test due to it and was fired as a result, could sustain a claim for handicap discrimination. The SJC held she could.

As explained by the SJC: 

[T]he plaintiff, Cristina Barbuto, was offered an entry-level po...

June 14, 2017

Yesterday, the state legislature's Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development held a hearing on the paid family leave bills pending in the Massachusetts House and SenateThe bills attempt to provide for some level of paid family and medical leave for affected employees. 

As I have written about here before, the US is the only advanced economy that does not mandate paid family leave f...

May 18, 2017

Thirty million Americans are subject to non-competition agreements, called non-competes, with their employers or former employers, according to a recent Treasury Department report. The agreements can often be a serious impediment to those employees' ability to move on from their former employers and find meaningful work in similar industries or geographic areas.

In many cases, employees sign non-c...

April 28, 2017

If you're over 40, it's because there's a law that requires it. (It's not because your employer is trying to do you any favors!)

Congress passed a law in 1967 called the Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA"), 29 U.S.C. §(s) 621, et seq. Given its name, unsurprisingly, it bars age discrimination in certain employment scenarios. 

For an employee's waiver of his or her rights under the AD...

March 31, 2017

A new study out from Pew provides some insights about Americans' caregiving as relates to their jobs. 

Some of the findings: 

  • About one-in-four Americans (23%) say they have taken leave from work to care for a family member with a serious health condition. 

  • Four-in-ten of the family-leave takers, however, say they took less time off than they needed or wanted to.

  • 60% of those who took fami...

March 28, 2017

It's possible. These cases theoretically implicate a couple of different laws and doctrines, including breach of contract, the Massachusetts Wage Act, and the covenant of good faith and fair dealing.

I will provide an overview of these three separate bodies of law and give some examples of how they come into play in this situation based on cases that have already been litigated.

These cases, like most e...

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