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HTMLShift Worker Rules Warrant Special Attention
Jeffrey A. Dretler; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 3, 2014
The long-term-care industry depends on shift workers to provide patient care 24 hours per day, seven days per week. But even experienced and sophisticated employers can find the application of state and federal labor and employment laws particularly challenging in a shift-work setting. This article...

 

HTMLEarned Sick Leave Becomes Law in Massachusetts
Amber L. Elias; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 5, 2014
On November 4, 2014, Massachusetts voters passed a ballot measure to provide earned paid sick leave to employees. Effective July 1, 2015, employers with more than 10 employees will be required to allow all employees who work in Massachusetts to accrue and use up to 40 hours of paid sick leave per...

 

HTMLDomestic Violence Leave Becomes Law in Massachusetts
Amber L. Elias; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 27, 2014, previously published on August 20, 2014
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed into law An Act Relative to Domestic Violence on August 8, 2014.This far-reaching law, which institutes reforms throughout the criminal justice system, mandates that all public and private employers with more than 50 employees must permit employees...

 

HTMLRhode Island Enacts New Social-Media Privacy Law
Amber L. Elias; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 6, 2014, previously published on August 1, 2014
Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee recently signed the 2014 Student and Employee Social Media Privacy Acts into law. In a press release, lawmakers said that the new law was modeled on similar laws in California that are “considered one of the nation’s strongest social-media privacy laws in the...

 

HTMLRhode Island Enacts New Social-Media Privacy Law
Amber L. Elias; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 2, 2014, previously published on August 1, 2014
Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee recently signed the 2014 Student and Employee Social Media Privacy Acts into law. In a press release, lawmakers said that the new law was modeled on similar laws in California that are “considered one of the nation’s strongest social-media privacy laws in the...

 

HTMLMassachusetts Governor Wants to Ban Non-Compete Agreements and Enact the Uniform Trade Secrets Act
Jeffrey A. Fritz, Eric J. Uhl; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 23, 2014, previously published on April 21, 2014
Massachusetts Governor, Deval Patrick, recently announced a bill—An Act to Promote Growth and Opportunity—that would provide workforce training opportunities and promote economic development incentives across the Commonwealth. As part of his economic development package, the Governor...

 

HTMLState Court Holds Employers Must Protect Trade Secrets From Independent Contractors
Amber L. Elias; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 14, 2014, previously published on February 12, 2014
A recent Massachusetts Superior Court decision held that employers risk losing trade secrets and confidential information if they do not protect that information from independent contractors. The court held that employers who do not take active steps to protect their proprietary information from...

 

HTMLYou Can't Fire Me For That - I Was Off Duty!
Jeffrey A. Dretler; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 12, 2014, previously published on February 3, 2014
Employers learned long ago that it’s wise to establish written policies which set forth the standards of conduct expected of their employees. These employers also know that the policies may not simply sit on a shelf (or on an intranet), but must be monitored and enforced in order to remain...