Massachusetts’ Minimum Wage Has Increased…And Other Grand Bargain Obligations

January 15, 2019 |

In late June 2018, Massachusetts’ Governor, Charlie Baker, signed “An Act Relative to Minimum Wage, Paid Family Medical Leave, and the Sales Tax Holiday,” more commonly known as the “Grand Bargain.”  As the Act’s long name suggests, the law raises minimum wage while eliminating mandatory Sunday and holiday pay, introduces paid family medical leave, and […]

Uber Looks To Settle Misclassification Cases.

January 10, 2019 |

Uber appears to be on track to go public in this first quarter of 2019, and apparently decided hundreds of individual arbitration cases alleging employee misclassification was a bad look. So, Uber has offered a tentative settlement to Uber to drivers who have been in individual arbitration with the company.  Conveniently, the settlement does not […]

The Wall that Brought Down E-Verify

January 8, 2019 |

  Since the start of the government shutdown that began on December 22, 2018, E-Verify and E-Verify services have been unavailable for use by employers.  E-Verify, which is mandatory in some states (it is not mandatory in Massachusetts), is a federal program where employers, through the E-Verify site, can check work eligibility for prospective new […]

New Year, New DOL Opinion Letters

January 3, 2019 |

Well, it is a new year, and although the government remains shut-down, the DOL managed to publish a couple of new opinion letters that are worth noting. As a reminder, opinion letters are the DOL’s way of letting employers know how they interpret the FLSA, the federal wage and hour laws.  However, these opinion letters […]

2018 Goes Out Like a Lion

December 20, 2018 |

Is it me, or has the last quarter of 2018 been a head spinner? Blink, and the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. Or is it?  What does that even mean? ACA If you haven’t heard, an appellate judge in Texas decided the ACA, without the individual mandate is unconstitutional. The two-second takeaway for all of […]

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