March 2019

Growing Pains: Employers Grappling with Marijuana in the Workplace

2018 was a busy year for the marijuana industry in the Northeast. Vermont legalized recreational marijuana, while Massachusetts saw the opening of the Commonwealth’s first recreational marijuana stores. These developments reflect a pattern as more states…

February 2019

An Employer’s 2019 Checklist: Four Essential Actions for Massachusetts Employers

2018 was a landmark year for employment law in Massachusetts – and 2019 is already shaping up to be a busy year for human resources teams, employment attorneys, and all of those who are responsible for establishing and communicating workplace policies.Go…

December 2018

4 Ways Massachusetts Employment Law Changed in 2018

2018 has been a busy year for employment law in Massachusetts, featuring a number of significant legal changes. Before ringing in 2019, take a moment to review four major developments of 2018, which will impact employers and employees next year and beyond.

August 2018

Six Things to Know about Massachusetts’s Non-Compete Bill

On July 31st, the Massachusetts legislature passed a bill codifying many aspects of non-compete law which will change how non-compete agreements are enforced throughout the state. The statute, entitled “The Act Relative to the Judicial Enforcement of Non…

June 2018

Massachusetts Passes Act to Create Paid Family and Medical Leave and to Raise the Regular Hourly Minimum Wage to $15.

On June 28, 2018, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law An Act Relative to Minimum Wage, Paid Family Medical Leave and the Sales Tax Holiday (the “Act”). The Act raises the hourly minimum wage for non-tipped employees (i.e., the “regular” hourly m…

May 2018

Connecticut Passes Pay Equity Bill

On May 22, 2018, Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed the Pay Equity Act (the “Act”) into law. The Act protects the right of employees to share wage information and prohibits employers from inquiring about prospective employees' wage and salary history. Th…