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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...

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...

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 23, 2017

Is your Massachusetts employer showing you the door while providing you with a severance agreement to consider?

It is advisable to go over it with an employment lawyer so that she can review the implications of each provision with you, as well as identify what is there and what also might not be there.

Below are eight things to consider when thinking about signing a severance agreement. Note that t...

February 9, 2017

I don't write about my own clients for obvious reasons. The recent news stories about retaliation against whistle-blowing Wells Fargo employees, however, caught my attention because they are so similar to the stories of the employees I represent.

Workers in this CNN video reported being required to meet unreasonable performance standards by Wells Fargo. These standards were not only unrealist...

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 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...

August 30, 2016

The Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California, Hastings, has issued a 2016 "Family Responsibilities Discrimination Litigation Update" regarding employment cases brought by caregivers. The report analyzed 4,400 cases of family responsibilities discrimination to determine recent trends. 

First, an excerpt from the report about what constitutes family responsibilities or caregiver...

August 23, 2016

The Washington Post recently had a story and some nice graphics comparing paid maternity leave laws across the world. It noted that the US "is the only advanced economy that does not mandate paid leave for mothers at the federal level."

What the US does have at the federal level is the Family and Medical Leave Act or FMLA. The purpose of the FMLA is to "allow employees to balance their work a...

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