January 17, 2017

The federal US Department of Labor (USDOL) recently settled a matter with the employer LexisNexis Risk Solutions where after an investigation, they determined there was "a significant difference" paid to women verses men in the same role at two separate company locations. 

According to a USDOL press release

Two separate investigations by the US Department of Labor’s Office of Fede...

January 6, 2017

As of January 1, 2017, the minimum wage in Massachusetts is $11.00 for most jobs. 

There are a few -- though only a few -- exceptions to this minimum wage. 

One exception many people know about is called the service rate, which pertains to wait staff, service employees, and/or service bartenders who make tips of more than $20 per month.

The service rate allows employers of these service employees to pay...

December 27, 2016


The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency responsible for enforcing the employment discrimination laws, recently won a jury trial in Chicago where this was an issue.

 A woman worked on the floor at Cosco when she began to be harassed and stalked by a customer at work. What did the customer do? She said

she was subjected to harassing behavior by a customer for more tha...

December 22, 2016

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) -- the federal agency responsible for enforcing employment discrimination laws -- recently resolved a case in which a manager said the above to Cassandra Crawford, as the reason she was not promoted and instead her less-qualified male colleague was. 

According to the EEOC -- 

Cassandra Crawford worked in Dimension's patient financial services...

December 20, 2016

"The federal employment discrimination laws depend on the willingness of employees and applicants to challenge discrimination without fear of punishment. Individuals rely on the statutory prohibitions against retaliation, also known as "reprisal," when they complain to an employer about an alleged equal employment opportunity (EEO) violation, provide information as a witness in a company or agency inv...

December 19, 2016

Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston has begun experimenting with virtual health care. The Medical Director for Telehealth there recently wrote this piece for Harvard Business Review indicating that its "telehealth" or -- virtual practice -- is particularly focused on improving:

1) patient access to health care providers,

2) patient health generally, and

3) communication between primary care physi...

December 5, 2016

As part of a series of how we as a country have decided to treat employees with serious medical issues, I include below the Congressional findings and purposes behind the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

I like explaining the purposes of laws to clients. I find they always agree, and they also appreciate that their lawmakers "get it." 

I also l...

November 30, 2016

I've been an employment lawyer for more than ten years. Before that, when I applied to the Massachusetts bar at age 30 and had to list every single job I previously held, it topped twenty.

In my first attorney job as a legal aid lawyer, with substantial loans and low pay, I waited tables nights and weekends. From working in retail and restaurants to different office and lawyer jobs, I have been around...

November 23, 2016

Yesterday, November 22, 2016, a Texas federal judge issued a nationwide preliminary injunction banning the US Department of Labor from enforcing the new overtime rules that were introduced by the Obama administration in May 2016. 

Why did the courts step in? 

Well, because a coalition of 21 states and 50+ business groups sued to invalidate the new regulations. The current ruling was issued on an emergen...

November 23, 2016

As of yesterday, November 22, 2016, a federal judge has issued a nationwide preliminary injunction banning the US Department of Labor from enforcing the new overtime rules that I wrote about below back in May 2016. I cover the judge's decision in more detail here.

In the meantime, click here for continuing updates on overtime, and seek legal counsel on the current status of the law. Employment law is...

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