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NLRB’s General Counsel Releases Updated Guidance on Employee Handbook Rules

On June 6, 2018, the National Labor Relations Board’s (Board) General Counsel, Peter Robb, sent a Memorandum to the Board’s regional offices providing guidance on the Board’s current position regarding employee handbook rules.  The General Counsel’s Memorandum comes after the … Continue reading

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Massachusetts High Court Recognizes Employee Right of Qualified Medical Marijuana Users To Allege Handicap Discrimination For Off-Site Use of Medicinal Marijuana

In a long-awaited decision, the highest court in Massachusetts – the Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) – ruled today in Cristina Barbuto v. Advantage Sales & Marketing, LLC, et al. that an employee who used medical marijuana to treat a debilitating … Continue reading

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Termination for Cause Provisions: Every Word Matters

Particularly with respect to executive employees, it is not unusual for an employment agreement to be used.  Those agreements tend to have detailed provisions regarding when the executive may be terminated and what happens if the termination is with or … Continue reading

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EEOC Releases 2016 Enforcement & Litigation Statistics

As many employers are aware, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) is a federal agency tasked with enforcing certain federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, and/or genetic information.  The EEOC … Continue reading

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Get Ready: the Major Changes to Employment Law we are Likely to See Under the Trump Administration

After President-Elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on January 20, 2017, the world of human resources and employment law may see a major upheaval.  While it is impossible to predict exactly what may happen in the coming years, we anticipate that the … 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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Could You be Liable for the Sins of Your Staffing Agency?

Many businesses use staffing agencies to supplement their regular employee workforce with temporary workers.  Staffing agencies can be extremely valuable for a company seeking to save money (e.g., taxes and employee benefits) which it would have to pay for regular … Continue reading

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EEOC Issues Guidance Document Regarding Leave as a Reasonable Accommodation

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has issued a new resource document, entitled Employer-Provided Leave and the Americans with Disabilities Act (the “Resource Document”).  The Resource Document outlines the EEOC’s position on several important topics related to leave as … Continue reading

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EEOC Issues Fact Sheet on Bathroom Access Rights for Transgender Employees

Just weeks after Bob Kilroy and Amanda Baer presented on this topic at the Firm’s Annual Labor and Employment Seminar, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a Fact Sheet entitled Bathroom Access for Transgender Employees Under Title VII of … Continue reading

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Annual Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Seminar

On the morning of April 6th, Mirick O’Connell’s Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits Group once again welcomed nearly 200 Human Resources professionals and managers to its Annual Labor and Employment Seminar at the Doubletree Hotel in Westborough.  The much- anticipated … Continue reading

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