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Caitlin Beatty, Esq. has joined Greene & Hafer

Caitlin Beatty, Esq. has joined Greene & Hafer, LLC, a full-service law firm based in Charlestown, Massachusetts focusing on employment law. Attorney Beatty will work as counsel to the firm.  She has a long and proven record of providing high-quality representation to employees in wrongful termination, discrimination, and wage and hour cases.  While she brings [...]

Do I Make Enough Money to be Exempt from Overtime Payments?

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to pay employees overtime unless they meet a listed exemption.  Several of the exemptions require that the employee be paid a minimum salary amount and also meet a duties test.  Recently the government published regulations increasing the salary requirement to the following exemptions: The administrative, executive or [...]

Get Ready for the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Law

On June 28, 2019 Massachusetts passed the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave (“PFML”) law which goes into effect in 2021. Below is a timeline and list of employer responsibilities to prepare for the upcoming law. Notice Requirements:  MAY 30, 2019 All employers must provide written notice to employees of their rights under the PFML [...]

How Can Employers Make Positive Changes to Minimize Workplace Harassment?

We often hear Company’s talk about their policies and strong reporting procedures to try to curb sexual harassment in the workplace. However, if employers are serious about reducing workplace harassment, they need to go beyond policies and procedures, or have policies and procedures backed by swift and certain action. One key to effecting this is [...]

Is Your Non-Competition Agreement Enforceable?

Massachusetts Passes New Non-Compete Law Last Friday, Governor Baker signed an economic development package into law that includes, among other things, new restrictions on the use of non-compete agreements in Massachusetts.   The new law which will amend M.G.L. c. 149 §24L goes into effect on October 1, 2018 and applies to all non-compete agreements executed [...]

Why the Massachusetts’s Misclassification Statute is Important

Massachusetts has a very strict independent contractor statute which makes it very difficult for businesses to hire independent contractors. There are a number of reasons why the Massachusetts legislators enacted this law including the following: Misclassification hurts the individual employee by denying them protections provided to other individuals classified as employees including workers compensation, company [...]

Massachusetts Equal Pay Act Guidance

The Massachusetts Attorney General has recently issued compliance guidance to help employers prepare for the effective date of the Act to Establish Pay Equity, which amends the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act ("MEPA"), and which goes into effect on July 1, 2018.  A copy of the 30-page guidance can be found by clicking here. MEPA generally [...]

Workplace Sexual Harassment In The Wake Of Harvey Weinstein

The news reports are everywhere recently.   Sexual harassment in the workplace is problem affecting every industry and employees of every level from CEOs to hourly employees.   The good news is that, with all of the recent media coverage, sexual harassment in the workplace has finally been exposed for the true problem that it is.   The [...]