Author Archives: Corey Higgins

About Corey Higgins

Corey is an member of the firm's Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Group. He represents both private- and public-sector employers. His practice covers all areas of labor and employment law, including unfair labor practices, labor arbitration, employment discrimination, non-competition and non-disclosure agreements, unemployment appeals and various other employment-related issues. Corey also routinely counsels employers about the application of various Massachusetts and federal employment laws, including the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), the Massachusetts Plant Closing Law, the Massachusetts Independent Contractor law, and other Massachusetts wage and hour laws.

U.S. Supreme Court Deals Blow to Public Sector Unions in Janus v. AFSCME – Holds Agency Fees May Not Be Charged to Nonconsenting Public Sector Employees

In a widely anticipated decision – Janus v. AFSCME, the United States Supreme Court ruled today that state laws authorizing public sector unions to charge agency fees are unconstitutional because they violate the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.  … Continue reading

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Do Your COBRA Notices Comply with the Law? If Not, Your Organization Could be Susceptible to a Class Action Lawsuit

Pursuant to the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (“COBRA”), employers with twenty (20) or more employees that provide health insurance must furnish covered employees and their families with certain specific notices that summarize their rights under COBRA after … Continue reading

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USCIS Issues Updated Form I-9

On November 14, 2016, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a revised version of the Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification). Employers must begin using the updated Form I-9, which is dated “11/14/2016,” by January 22, 2017.  In … 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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