If You Have Employees Working in Hazardous Jobs, Opioids Should Be On Your Radar

August 17, 2018 |

Last week, I blogged about marijuana in the workplace.  And, marijuana is the drug most employers are struggling to address right now.  However, as the Boston Globe highlighted last week, for employers in high hazard industries like construction, maintenance, and manufacturing, opioids are an overlooked danger to employees. The Globe focused on a report by the […]

Another Expensive ADA Lesson Learned

August 15, 2018 |

This week, the EEOC issued a press release indicating that it had settled with Murphy Oil USA, Inc., an employer who operates gas stations in over 20 states.  As part of the settlement, the Company will pay $100,000, implement written ADA policies, provide ADA training, and post a notice to its employees.  The suit serves to […]

Non-Competes Just Got A Lot More Expensive In Massachusetts

August 13, 2018 |

On Friday, Governor Baker signed into law significant changes to the Massachusetts trade secrets and non-compete laws. The new trade secrets law will largely bring Massachusetts in line the majority of states by tracking the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA), and should not be overlooked, although it is overshadowed by the significant changes to Massachusetts […]

Marijuana Is Open For Business

August 9, 2018 |

Alright, alright, alright, retail marijuana stores are now open for business in Massachusetts.  In other words, recreational marijuana is now available to all adults over the age of 21 in the Commonwealth. The law does allow cities and towns to exercise local control to ban or limit marijuana dispensaries, but a number of dispensaries have […]

Language, Accent, Height, and Weight – An Expanded Definition of National Origin

August 7, 2018 |

For decades, the Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has stated that rules requiring employees to speak only English in the workplace violate the law unless the employer can show that such rules are justified by business necessity.  The EEOC has indicated that English-only workplace rules “disadvantage an individual’s employment opportunities on the basis of national origin…” […]

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