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  • Federal Court Expands What Constitutes Damages Under MA Wage and Hour Law
    Federal Court Expands What Constitutes Damages Under MA Wage and Hour Law

    In Lambirth v. Advanced Auto, Inc. et al., the United States District Court of Massachusetts held that the plaintiff’s federal overtime payments should be regarded as “wages” for the purposes of the ...

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  • Employee Not Required To Divulge Immigration Status
    Employee Not Required To Divulge Immigration Status

    According to the Immigrant Learning Center, 14.4% of all Massachusetts residents are immigrants. 71.7% of immigrants participate in the labor force, and the unemployment rate for foreign-born ...

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  • Pregnancy Workers Fairness Act
    Pregnancy Workers Fairness Act

    On July 27, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant employees and bans termination or hiring ...

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  • What Are the Different Types of Employment Discrimination?
    What Are the Different Types of Employment Discrimination?

    According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, there were 91,503 total employment discrimination charges in 2016. This statistic is staggering, but it does not paint the whole picture. In ...

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  • Supreme Judicial Court Issues Ruling Changing the “anti-SLAPP” Statute Practice
    Supreme Judicial Court Issues Ruling Changing the “anti-SLAPP” Statute Practice

    The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued a decision in Blanchard v. Steward Carney that fundamentally changes how Massachusetts courts will apply the anti-SLAPP (strategic lawsuit against ...

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  • What Kinds of Behavior Could be Considered Sexual Harassment?
    What Kinds of Behavior Could be Considered Sexual Harassment?

    According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission , sexual harassment includes unwelcome advances and requests for sexual favors. Sex harassment also includes other types of verbal or ...

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