Legal Insights

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

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

MA COVID-19 Sick Leave March 15, 2022 Expiration / April 29, 2022 Reimbursement Deadline

Alerts & Advisories, Alerts & News, COVID-19 Resource Center, Legal Insights by Alicia Ward, John Arnold, Kathleen Berney, Catherine Reuben, Peter Moser

The law, as amended, requires employers to make paid leave time available to employees for COVID-related illnesses, quarantine, and vaccinations until the earlier of April 1, 2022 or the exhaustion of $100 million in program funds. On February 28, 2022, the Executive Office for Administration... MORE

Senate Passes the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021

Alerts & Advisories, Alerts & News, Legal Insights by John Arnold, Peter Moser, Catherine Reuben

  The new law changes the landscape with respect to the enforceability of arbitration clauses at both the state and federal level. Up to this point, the U.S. Supreme Court has consistently held that the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) preempts any conflicting state law regarding... MORE

Federal Contractor COVID-19 Safety Standards Back in Force but Without the Vaccine Mandate

Alerts & Advisories, Alerts & News, COVID-19 Resource Center, Legal Insights by Catherine Reuben, Alexandra Mitropoulos, Peter Moser

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