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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...

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...

September 8, 2016

A Cambridge-based au pair agency and a host family sued Attorney General Maura Healey last week to stop the application of the Massachusetts Domestic Workers Bill of Rights and the supporting regulations to au pair host families.

According to their civil complaint, Cultural Care Au Pair sued because the Domestic Workers law and regulations will increase the amount host families are required to pay...

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...

July 25, 2016

To begin, you're not alone. National Public Radio, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health recently released a study about American workers’ perceptions of their health problems, experiences, issues, and challenges at work.  The researchers interviewed 1,601 employees. Overall, some 43 percent of them told researchers they believed their job negatively affec...

July 1, 2016

One year ago, on July 1, 2015, the Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law went into effect. As of July 1, 2015 (or if you started work after that, on your first date of work) Massachusetts employees began to earn sick time. The law mandates that an employee can earn up to 40 hours in a year. And once earned (or "accrued") an employee must be able to use those earned hours for certain purposes. T...

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