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HTMLA Closer Look at Massachusetts’s Pay Equity Law
Mark H. Burak, Rachel Reingold Mandel; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 16, 2016, previously published on August 4, 2016
We recently reported on the sweeping pay equity legislation that garnered much attention throughout the most recent legislative session in Massachusetts. After much anticipation, this week Governor Charlie Baker signed the Act to Establish Pay Equity, a significant law that will affect all...

 

HTMLMassachusetts Nearing Enactment of Sweeping Pay Equity Legislation
Mark H. Burak; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 5, 2016, previously published on July 29, 2016
Continuing a trend, Massachusetts is poised to implement major changes to its equal pay laws. Following the lead of California, New York, and Maryland, which each enacted expansive equal pay laws in the last few months, Massachusetts is now nearing issuance of similarly broad legislation that will...

 

HTMLMaryland Passes New Pay Equity Law
Mark H. Burak; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 8, 2016, previously published on May 25, 2016
Maryland recently passed into law sweeping revisions to its existing equal pay law. The new law, signed by Governor Hogan on May 19, 2016, will take effect on October 1, 2016. With the passage of the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, Maryland joins California and New York in expanding pay equity...

 

HTMLMassachusetts Sick Leave Law-Full Compliance Deadline Looming
Mark H. Burak, Rachel Reingold Mandel; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 7, 2016, previously published on December 18, 2015
Readers are probably aware that last year, Massachusetts voters approved a new sick leave law that went into effect on July 1, 2015. Many employers with preexisting leave policies, however, took advantage of the so-called “safe harbor” provision in the law and its implementing...

 

HTMLMassachusetts Attorney General Issues Final Earned Sick Leave Regulations With Substantial Revisions
Mark H. Burak, Rachel Reingold Mandel, David P. Mason; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 3, 2015, previously published on June 24, 2015
As many of you are aware, the July 1, 2015 effective date of the Massachusetts earned sick leave law is looming. In summary, the new law provides that employers of 11 or more employees must provide their Massachusetts employees with job-protected paid sick leave accrued at a rate of 1 hour for...

 

HTMLMassachusetts Voters Approve Paid Sick Leave Measure
Mark H. Burak; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
December 2, 2014, previously published on November 5, 2014
On November 4, 2014, Massachusetts voters approved by a decisive margin (approximately 60 percent in favor) a new measure requiring employers to provide sick leave to all employees (with certain limited exceptions regarding federal or municipal employers). The new law further provides for paid sick...

 

HTMLMeal Break Violations Cost A Massachusetts Retailer Almost $500,000
Mark H. Burak; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 21, 2012, previously published on March 19, 2012
A recent settlement of almost $500,000 to resolve allegations of meal break violations between a San Francisco based children’s clothing retailer and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office serves as a reminder to employers of the importance of the Massachusetts meal break law. The...

 

HTMLMassachusetts Passes Legislation to Protect Gender Identity
Mark H. Burak; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 23, 2011, previously published on November 21, 2011
On November 16, 2011, the Massachusetts legislature passed a transgender anti-discrimination bill, which Governor Deval Patrick is expected to sign into law this week. If the bill is signed by the Governor, “gender identity” will become a protected category under Massachusetts...

 

HTMLMassachusetts Data Privacy Law -- Compliance Deadlines Nearing
Mark H. Burak; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 24, 2009, previously published on September 18, 2009
In the wake of the highly publicized theft of massive amounts of confidential customer information, Massachusetts enacted comprehensive data security legislation intended to prevent unauthorized access to such information. The Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation (OCABR) has since...