Monthly Archives: August 2016

NLRB Rules Student Teaching Assistants and Research Assistants May Unionize

In a landmark decision, the National Labor Relations Board (the “Board”) held that student teaching assistants and research assistants at Columbia University have an employment relationship with the University, making them “employees” under §2(3) of the National Labor Relations Act … Continue reading

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Employers Must Act Fast and Update Their Federal Posters

At the end of July 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced that employers must post updated versions of the Federal Minimum Wage Poster and the Federal Employee Polygraph Protection Act Poster (“EPPA Poster”) by August 1, 2016. Every … Continue reading

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Once An Employee Has Verbally Resigned, Should You Require the Employee to Submit a Written Letter of Resignation?

It is not uncommon for human resources professionals to receive a verbal resignation from an employee or to be informed by a manager that an employee has stated that he or she is resigning their employment.  In many instances, these … Continue reading

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Wait ‘Til Next Year?

Despite Legislative Inaction, it May Be Time to Test the Fitness of Your Non-Competes When the clock struck midnight on August 1st, it brought the Massachusetts legislative session to a close.  It also brought to a close the latest efforts … Continue reading

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Employers Take Notice: New OSHA Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Regulations Taking Effect on August 10, 2016 and January 1, 2017, Respectively.

The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued a final rule revising its so-called Recordkeeping and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses regulation, 29 CFR Parts 1904 and 1902.  Most of the requirements of OSHA’s final rule will … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Enacts Robust Pay Equity Act

On August 1, 2016, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law the Act to Establish Pay Equity (the “Pay Equity Act”), which will go into effect on July 1, 2018 for all Massachusetts employers.  The Pay Equity Act, which amends and … Continue reading

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