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New Books, New Laws

The backpacks are all packed and it’s back to business for students. Fall is also a great time for employers to look ahead at what’s around the corner for employment compliance. There are many new laws that will become effective … Read More

I Am the Walrus: Not in Your Workplace

We all love our pets. And for some people, pets could include alligators, snakes, ducks–you name it. Some people need their pets or animals for emotional support. Others need a service animal, not a pet,  to help perform their job. … Read More

Law & Logic: Not for Independent Contractors in MA

From Tim Kenneally, who heads up our Litigation Department, comes the following update: “The aim of philosophy is the logical clarification of thought.” —Ludwig Wittgenstein  The aim of the courts—at least in Massachusetts—is confusion when it comes to independent contractors. … Read More

CDC Loosens Up

Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control eased its guidelines for COVID precautions, which is good news for workplaces. The CDC is shifting the onus of quarantine and vaccination status to individuals. Noting that COVID is here to stay, the agency … Read More

ADA Reminder: Summer Help Count

Can you believe it is July already? We are in the height of summer and what better time to review requests for accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act? As every HR person knows, the federal government (and many states) … Read More

Abortion and the Workplace

In the wake of the US Supreme Court’s seismic decision in Dobbs, many workplaces will encounter the issue of abortion for the first time.  With states divided on access to abortion and thousands of businesses with multi state locations, the … Read More

Hot Tip for Summer Outings

Happy Solstice! The longest day and the first day of summer. Many of us are looking forward to  company sponsored events now. What can go wrong?  Oh friends, this one is a doozy. A Swiss company had a great bonding … Read More

One Size Fits All Is Not for the Workplace

This recent non-sports article from the Boston Globe shows the gamut of arrangements employers use to keep workplaces happy and healthy. Color coded bracelets to convey one’s safety risk; upgraded ventilation systems; vaccine requirements–or not–are just some of the examples. … Read More

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