Author Archives: Amanda Marie Baer

About Amanda Marie Baer

Amanda Marie Baer is an associate in the firm's Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Group and Litigation Group.  Amanda focuses her practice on representing employers in federal and state courts and before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, defending against claims concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, accommodations, and wage and hour laws.  Amanda also has experience in conducting workplace investigations into allegations of discrimination or harassment, enforcing and defending employment, noncompetition/nonsolicitation, and severance agreements and representing businesses in contractual, fraud, and general business litigation matters.

IRS Issues New Withholding Tables

On January 11, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued Notice 1036, Early Release Copies of the 2018 Percentage Method Tables for Income Tax Withholding (“Notice 1036”) and published IRS Withholding Tables Frequently Asked Questions. Notice 1036 sets forth the … Continue reading

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BREAKING: EEO-1 Pay Reporting Requirements Suspended Immediately

On August 29, 2017, Victoria Lipnic, the Acting Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), announced that the Office of Management and Budget’s (“OMB”) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs has issued an immediate stay of the new … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Enacts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

On July 27, 2017, Governor Charlie Baker signed the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (“PWFA”).  Historically, courts have struggled with the issue of whether pregnancy is a “disability” that must be accommodated under the Americans with Disabilities Act (the “ADA”) … Continue reading

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Revised Form I-9 Issued

On July 17, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a new Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.  The new Form I-9 will be effective September 17, 2017, which means that employers must begin to use the form no later … Continue reading

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“Remembered Information” Not Entitled to Trade Secret Protection

What happens when a former employee, who had signed a non-competition agreement with your company, starts calling on your customers?  Can you seek to enforce the agreement and prohibit the former employee from soliciting your customers? Case law in Massachusetts … Continue reading

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Department of Labor Withdraws Informal Guidance on Joint Employment and Independent Contractors

On June 7, 2017, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced the withdrawal of its 2015 and 2016 Administrator’s Interpretations on joint employment and independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). Administrator’s Interpretation No. 2015-1 (the “Independent Contractor AI”) … Continue reading

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Department of Labor Creates the HIRE Vets Medallion Program

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced that it is establishing the HIRE Vets Medallion Program to recognize small, medium, and large employers who recruit, retain, and employ veterans, and who offer charitable services in support of the … Continue reading

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