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4 Things You Need to Know About the Earned Sick Time Law

Posted in Compliance, Policies & Notices, Employee Benefits

Earlier this year, in Mandatory Paid Sick Leave — What In-House Counsel and Employers Need to Know, I previewed some of the requirements of the Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law. Final regulations were issued by the Attorney General’s office on June 22, 2015. Almost one month after the deadline for compliance, how are you doing… Continue Reading

Hey Guys, You Get “Maternity” Leave, Too!

Posted in Compliance, Policies & Notices, Disability, Medical Leave & Reasonable Accommodations, Discrimination, Employee Benefits

For years, the Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act (“MMLA”), M.G.L. c. 149, §105D, only applied to female employees by its literal terms. The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (“MCAD”), the agency tasked with enforcing the MMLA, has taken the position that if the MMLA was applied literally, it would be unconstitutional, as it would give female employees… Continue Reading

Mandatory Paid Sick Leave — What In-House Counsel and Employers Need to Know

Posted in Compliance, Policies & Notices, Employee Benefits

As indicated in a recent blog post in the Harvard Business Review, entitled “Who Has Paid Sick Leave, Who Doesn’t, and What’s Changing,” paid sick leave traditionally was a benefit that only some employers provided, and in some cases only to certain employees. In recent years, however, increasing numbers of cities and states have begun… Continue Reading

Employers Still Required to Provide Unpaid and Work-Free Maternity Leaves

Posted in Compliance, Policies & Notices, Disability, Medical Leave & Reasonable Accommodations, Discrimination, Employee Benefits

Yahoo!, Twitter, Facebook and every possible media outlet have been aflutter with praise and criticism since newly appointed Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer announced to Fortune magazine that she is pregnant and taking a “few weeks” of maternity leave and will be “working throughout it”.  Though this may be heartening for Yahoo! investors, the typical employer… Continue Reading

New Fee Disclosure Requirements Affecting Participant-Invested Retirement Plans

Posted in Compliance, Policies & Notices, Employee Benefits, Fiduciary Duties

As of August 30, 2012, administrators of retirement plans that allow participants to select investment of their accounts will be required to disclose specific information about the fees associated with such investments.  One of my talented partners in the Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Group at Burns & Levinson, Evelyn Haralampu, provides some simple guidance about… Continue Reading