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|Giving Stock to Key Employees - Good Idea or Bad Idea?|
James L. Rudolph; Rudolph Friedmann LLP;
August 25, 2016, previously published on May 11, 2016As a small business grows, it is not unusual for a critical or key employee to ask the owner for stock in the company, or for an owner to believe that providing stock to key employees is appropriate, and may even be necessary to keep the employee. For a restaurant that wants to keep a great chef,...
|New Overtime Regulations - Is Your Company Ready?|
Adam J. Shafran; Rudolph Friedmann LLP;
August 25, 2016, previously published on July 20, 2016Beginning on December 1, 2016, nearly five million employees will now be eligible for overtime compensation under new regulations issued by the United States Department of Labor, marking the first change in these laws since the 1970’s. Currently, executive, administrative and professional...
|Can an Employee’s Severance Pay Be Cut Off Based on After-Acquired Information?|
James S. Singer; Rudolph Friedmann LLP;
August 25, 2016, previously published on June 22, 2016Unfortunately, the Massachusetts appellate courts have not directly decided the issue whether an employer can re-characterize an employee’s termination from “without cause” to “for cause” based on information learned after an employee’s termination. While the...
|Employment Pass Minimum Salary to Increase in January|
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
August 25, 2016, previously published on July 28, 2016On or after January 1, 2017, the minimum salary for Employment Pass (EP) applicants will increase from SGD 3,300 (approximately USD 2,427.90) to SGD 3,600 (approximately USD 2,648.62), according to an announcement by the Ministry of Manpower.
|New Case Establishes Liability for Boston Restaurant Owners with Multiple Locations|
James L. Rudolph, Robert P. Rudolph; Rudolph Friedmann LLP;
August 25, 2016, previously published on March 2, 2016In a first of its kind ruling by a Massachusetts Superior Court judge providing guidance on the applicability of the integrated enterprise and joint employer theories to Massachusetts Wage Act claims, the Honorable Bruce R. Henry has held that restaurant managers who worked for the same chain, but...
|Seventh Circuit Holds Title VII Does Not Prohibit Sexual Orientation Discrimination, But Acknowledges Inherent Flaws in Precedent Underlying its Holding|
George Morgan Patterson; Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
August 24, 2016, previously published on August 15, 2016In a carefully reasoned but ultimately restrained opinion the Seventh Circuit held that Title VII does not prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation. While declining to become the first circuit court to extend Title VII to sexual orientation claims, the court...
|In Preparing For The FLSA Salary Increase, The Fluctuating Workweek Method And BELO Contract May Not Be Right For Your Business|
Anne G. Bibeau; Vandeventer Black LLP;
August 24, 2016, previously published on August 2016By now, you all are aware that on December 1, 2016, the salary threshold for the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) white collar exemptions is about to jump to $47,476 per year. With estimates that 4.1 million workers will become non-exempt as a result of this change, employers are scrambling to fix...
|Title IX Issues Continue to Beset Higher Ed|
Caroline J. Berdzik, Dove A. E. Burns, Christopher P. Maugans, Stacey L. Pitcher, Kristin Klein Wheaton; Goldberg Segalla LLP;
August 24, 2016, previously published on August 10, 2016Over the past few years, sweeping regulations relating to Title IX have imposed obligations on colleges and universities to implement robust policies relating to investigations and corrective action to be taken when confronted with complaints by victims of sexual assault. Baylor University made...
|U.S. Department of Labor Publishes New Overtime Rule|
Daniel W. Morris; Clifton Budd & DeMaria, LLP;
August 24, 2016, previously published on May 26, 2016The United States Department of Labor issued its long-awaited rule increasing the minimum salary for overtime eligibility. Effective December 1, 2016, the minimum salary threshold for most of the white-collar overtime exemptions will increase to $47,476 per year ($913 per week).
|Massachusetts State Legislature Takes Action on Major Employment Reform as Legislative Session Ends|
Steve Baddour, Dan Connelly, Julie Cox, Gauri P. Punjabi, Parnia Zahedi; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
August 23, 2016, previously published on August 10, 2016In the final weeks before the end of the legislative session, the Massachusetts House and State both addressed major pieces of labor and employment legislation. However, although the legislature passed S.2119, an Act to establish pay equity, and S.2407, an Act relative to transgender...