Employees with proposed severance agreements often wonder if they can review and negotiate the agreement themselves. Severance agreements are typically written to protect the company. Severance agreements are legal contracts, typically drafted by the company’s lawyer. The terms can affect you for months or years after you’ve left the company. It is important to have . . . → Read More: Severance Agreements: Nine Things to Know
The Massachusetts Independent Contractor Law makes it very difficult for companies to legally hire independent contractors. There is a three part test that most companies can’t meet.
The Three Part Independent Contractor Test
The company must show:
1. The individual is free from direction and control;
. . . → Read More: Massachusetts Independent Contractor Law
Getting fired can be terribly stressful. Usually there is emotional and financial fall out from a firing. It can be hard to know to know how to deal with it. Here are five things employees who are fired or laid off . . . → Read More: Five Things Fired Employees Need to Know
Market Basket employees and customers are celebrating a successful job action that led to the return of ousted CEO, Arthur T. Demoulas. This dispute dominated news in Massachusetts, became a national story, and blew up social media sites. From a lawyer’s perspective, what the heck was so unique about it and what does it mean . . . → Read More: Market Basket A Game Changer
The Boston Globe is reporting that Market Basket workers are saying that the co-CEO’s have sent letters setting a deadline for a return to work. The letter directs the employee to return to work or “the company will consider you to have abandoned your job, thereby ending your employment with the company.”
Eligibility . . . → Read More: Will Market Basket Contest Unemployment?
Sexual harassment and discrimination in tech start-ups is now being reported in the media. Described as a “bro culture” or “frat house” atmosphere, the behavior and conduct of many employees crosses the line from inappropriate conduct to illegal conduct. In many instances, the company founders participate or turn a blind eye to it. In a . . . → Read More: Tech Start-ups and Sexual Harassment
A car dealership has settled a sexual harassment lawsuit for over $2 million. Male employees claimed that the former male lot manager sexually harassed male employees for over ten years. The conduct included sexual comments, inappropriate grabbing and touching of male employees and frequent solicitations for oral sex. Over 50 male employees were subjected to . . . → Read More: Sexual Harassment at Car Dealership
A Peabody cleaning contractor, Ward’s Cleaning Service, Inc. must pay its workers $1 million in back pay and damages. The cleaning company illegally asked employees to use multiple time cards with different names, changed time cards, paid employees with checks made out to false names and paid employees in cash.
Companies, like this cleaning company, . . . → Read More: Cleaning Company Ordered to Pay Overtime
Estate Planning Matters
You know you need a will. You’ve managed to put estate planning off for years. Not because it wasn’t important, but other things were your priority. Like getting the kids to soccer practice. Or making it to work on time.
Historically, state and federal non-discrimination laws have not afforded protection to lesbian, gay and transgender individuals in the workplace. In recent years, however, more and more states have passed laws prohibiting such discrimination the workplace. As a recent Washington Post article . . . → Read More: Lesbian, Gay, and Transgender Discrimination in the Workplace