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What Is Important When Receiving An Employment Offer

Does your job offer require that you sign a non-compete agreement? Only certain employees in Massachusetts can be subject to a non-compete agreement. Employers may not enforce a non-compete agreement against an employee who is classified as nonexempt; an undergraduate or graduate student participating in an internship or short-term employment; employees that have been terminated [...]

Workplace Retaliation: What You Need to Know

What is retaliation? For employees who believe they are being harassed or discriminated against in the workplace, it can be difficult to come forward and report these issues out of fear of retaliation. Workplace retaliation occurs when an employer or supervisor punishes an individual for engaging in a protected activity (i.e. reporting a legal violation [...]

Can my employer require me to get the COVID vaccine?

Per EEOC guidance, employers may lawfully mandate that its employees receive COVID-19 vaccinations. However, employers must still make accommodations for employees who refuse to be vaccinated based on (1) the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for bona fide medical concerns with vaccination and (2) Title VII of the Civil Rights Act for bona fide religious [...]

Can My Employer Require Me To Submit To A Medical Test To Return To Work?

The CDC is encouraging employers to develop and implement procedures to check for signs and symptoms of employees returning to the workplace. In most circumstances, under the Americans with Disability Act, a requirement that all employees submit to a “medical examination” to return to work is not permitted unless it is job related and consistent [...]

Employee’s Guide to COVID-19 Salary Reduction/Furlough/Layoff

Below is a summary of cost cutting measures employers are taking to deal with COVID-19 and what it means for employees working and/or residing in Massachusetts. Reduction in employee hours/salary COMPENSATION Hourly non-exempt employees – rate of pay must still meet federal and state minimum wage requirements. Salaried/exempt employees – weekly salary must remain at [...]

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 [...]