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Massachusetts Paid Family & Medical Leave (PFML) 2023 Updates

Alerts & Advisories, Alerts & News, Legal Insights by Alicia Ward, Peter Moser, Kathleen Berney, Catherine Reuben

Alicia Ward (award@hrwlawyers.com / 617-348-4357); Kathleen Berney (kberney@hrwlawyers.com / 617-348-4335); Peter Moser (pmoser@hrwlawyers.com / 617-348-4323); Catherine Reuben (creuben@hrwlawyers.com / 617-348-4323); or Any member of the HRW Team. DOWNLOAD THE PDF HERE. MORE

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EEOC Releases Updated “Know Your Rights” Workplace Poster

Alerts & Advisories, Alerts & News, Legal Insights by Alicia Ward, Peter Moser, Kathleen Berney, Catherine Reuben

The new “Know Your Rights” poster includes the following changes: Uses straightforward language and formatting; Notes that harassment is a prohibited form of discrimination; Clarifies that sex discrimination includes discrimination based on pregnancy and related conditions, sexual orientation, or gender identity; Adds a QR code... MORE

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Recent Litigation Reminds Employers of the Importance of Timely Wage Payments

Alerts & Advisories, Alerts & News, Legal Insights by Julia Russo, Peter Moser, Catherine Reuben

Currently, the New York courts are considering a class action lawsuit brought against Wal-Mart Associates, Inc., alleging that the company violated the pay frequency requirement of New York’s Labor Law by paying certain workers every two weeks instead of weekly. The lawsuit could cost Wal-Mart,... MORE

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Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair (“CROWN”) Act

Alerts & Advisories, Alerts & News, Legal Insights by Julia Russo, Catherine Reuben, Peter Moser

By enacting the CROWN Act, Massachusetts follows 17 other states that have passed similar legislation banning discrimination on the basis of a person’s natural or protective hairstyle. Although a federal CROWN Act was introduced to Congress and passed by the House of Representatives in March... MORE

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Payment of Final Wages Upon Separation: New SJC Decision Increases Employer Exposure

Alerts & Advisories, Alerts & News, Legal Insights by Peter Moser, Catherine Reuben, Kathleen Berney, Richard Loftus

Under the express language of the Wage Act¹: (i) “any employee discharged from such employment shall be paid in full on the day of his discharge”, with “wages” being defined to include all earned vacation time, (ii) an aggrieved employee may file a lawsuit “for... MORE

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