A Severance Agreement is usually drafted in the company’s favor. The agreements and releases in it are not typically for the benefit of both sides. What are some of the mistakes employees often make when handed an agreement? Here are the top ten severance don’ts:
1. Do not sign an agreement without fully understanding it. . . . → Read More: Top Ten Severance Agreement Don’ts
Both Federal and Massachusetts laws provide women with job leave rights when they give birth or adopt a child. A bill recently filed in the Massachusetts legislature proposes amending state law to give men paternity leave rights. This would bring Massachusetts more in line with federal law on family leave, which is gender neutral.
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Massachusetts has very strict laws that protect employees from sexual harassment by supervisors or managers. An employer may be held responsible when a supervisor sexually harasses an employee. The company can be held responsible even if others in management didn’t know what was happening.
The United States Supreme Court recently held that a supervisor is . . . → Read More: Sexual Harassment by Supervisors in Massachusetts
Massachusetts law forbids sexual harassment in the workplace. Sexual harassment is either “Quid pro quo” sexual harassment or hostile environment sexual harassment. Quid pro quo is a latin term that means “this for that.” This type of sexual harassment occurs when an employer or manager gives a promotion or demotion or otherwise changes the terms . . . → Read More: Sexual Harassment in the Massachusetts Workplace
Financial professionals working in the securities industry who are separating from their firms are often presented with severance agreements. Severance agreements for financial professionals are usually drafted to protect the interests of the firm and not the individual broker. The severance agreement may include provisions that restrict the financial professional’s ability to work for other . . . → Read More: Severance Agreements for Financial Professionals
Below are some Massachusetts Severance Agreement FAQs (frequently asked questions) and responses to those questions:
1. What is a severance agreement? A severance agreement is a contract between an employer and a current or former employee. The employee usually gives up certain rights in exchange for pay and/or other benefits.
2. Do employers owe employees . . . → Read More: Severance Agreement FAQs
I am pleased to have been invited to present on the Massachusetts Independent Contractor Law at the Westford Job Seekers Network on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the J.V. Fletcher Library in Westford, Massachusetts. We’re going to discuss the three part test used in Massachusetts to determine whether an individual has been . . . → Read More: Upcoming Seminar on the Independent Contractor Law
Many companies and individual workers in Massachusetts are still clinging to certain myths about classifying workers as independent contractors. Here are the top six often held, but misguided beliefs:
I signed a contract that says I am an independent contractor, so I must be one, right? (Actually, employers cannot avoid the obligation to properly classify . . . → Read More: Top Six Myths About Independent Contractors in Massachusetts
The Massachusetts independent contractor law restricts employers from classifying workers as independent contractors unless the employer can show (1) that the individual is free from direction and control, (2) the service is performed outside of the usual course of the company’s business and (3) the individual is engaged in an independently established trade, occupation, profession . . . → Read More: Massachusetts Independent Contractor Law and Damages
In Massachusetts, rights of minority shareholders who are also employees in a close corporation, are significantly greater than rights of employees at will. What is a “closely held corporation?” A closely held corporation is one that (1) has few stockholders, (2) no ready market for the stock and (3) the majority stockholder is substantially involved . . . → Read More: Rights of Minority Shareholders and Employees in Close Corporations