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HTMLMassachusetts Attorney General Publishes Final Earned Sick Time Regulations
Amber L. Elias; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 3, 2015, previously published on June 23, 2015
On June 19, 2015, the Massachusetts Attorney General published the final regulations concerning the new Earned Sick Time (“EST”) law that will go into effect on July 1, 2015. These final regulations differ somewhat from the draft regulations submitted in April and provide clarification...

 

HTMLMassachusetts Attorney General Offers "Safe Harbor" to Employers on Earned Sick Time, But Certain Conditions Apply
Amber L. Elias; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 10, 2015, previously published on June 1, 2015
On May 18, 2015, with just over six weeks until the earned sick time law is set to go into effect on July 1, 2015, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office announced that it would be creating a “safe harbor” provision for employers with existing paid time off policies. Under...

 

HTMLMassachusetts AG Issues Proposed Regulations Concerning Earned Sick Time
Amber L. Elias; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 4, 2015, previously published on April 30, 2015
On November 4, 2014, Massachusetts voters passed a ballot initiative requiring that all employees be entitled to earn and use up to 40 hours of earned sick time in a calendar year. There were significant ambiguities in the law (as discussed in our previous alert), but the law also enabled the...

 

HTMLD.C. Circuit: USAID Worker Jailed in Cuba Can’t Recover Damages from the Government
Amber L. Elias; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 7, 2015, previously published on November 20, 2014
On November 14, 2014, in Alan Gross and Judith Gross v. U.S.A., a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit unanimously held that a humanitarian aid worker, who sub-contracted with the United States Agency for International Development (“USAID”), could...

 

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...

 

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...