BARGAINING ON BEACON HILL

June 21, 2018 |

It is not on par with the Great Compromise of 1787, but the “grand bargain”, which sped through the Massachusetts legislature yesterday, seeks a middle ground between special interests on the issues of minimum wage, paid leave, and the sales tax.  The bill lands on Governor Baker’s desk today, and if executed, would reportedly: Raise […]

Pregnancy Discrimination Is An Epidemic, According to the New York Times

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On June 15, 2018, the New York Times published a piece highlighting the prevalence of pregnancy discrimination in the workplace.  Discrimination that, according to the Times, extends into motherhood.  Interestingly, this is coming as employers are frequently seeking to offer extended parental leave and creating custom nursing rooms as a means of attracting employees. So, […]

Can You Say That [in an Employee Handbook]?

June 19, 2018 |

A well-written Employee Handbook is a crucial tool for employers.  It helps employees to understand expectations, benefits, privileges, and consequences.  It helps management and HR to act consistently, over time, across departments, and across locations.  But, a handbook can pose problems for the employer if it outlines: A policy that is not adhered to in […]

Sexual Harassment: A Problem Even Academics Haven’t Solved

June 14, 2018 |

Here’s a math problem for you:  Harassment Policy + Harassment Training = ____________     According to the EEOC and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, the answer is: a workplace in which sexual harassment remains a prevalent issue. Earlier this week, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released a 311-page […]

Are You Providing FMLA to Ineligible Employees?

June 12, 2018 |

I have many multi-state clients who like to provide the same benefits to all of their employees, across all locations.  In some cases, this may mean providing FMLA to employees in a location with less than 50 employees within a 75 mile radius – employees who are not actually eligible for FMLA under the law. […]

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