What rights, if any, do employees (non-union) have when they are laid off or fired from their jobs? First, Massachusetts law requires that the employer give laid off and fired employees all wages owed. If the company lets the employee go, the employee must be paid on his or her last day, not during the . . . → Read More: Rights of Laid Off and Fired Employees in Massachusetts
Here’s the question: Can an employee be terminated without notice? Is the employee entitled to severance pay or any additional type of pay upon termination? Can an employee be terminated without notice where the employer states that the employee is unreliable?
Here’s the answer: In Massachusetts, non-union employees without a contract are employees at will, . . . → Read More: Can An Employee Be Terminated Without Notice in Massachusetts?
On Tuesday, January 25th at noon I will present on what you need to know about severance agreements at the Boston Society of Architects for the Admistration and HR Group. We’ll discuss when it is appropriate to use severance agreements, what terms are typically negotiated, and what needs to be in the agreement in order . . . → Read More: Upcoming Presentation on Severance Agreements
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in an August decision in Global Naps, Inc. v. Awiszus decided that a female employee who was absent from work for more than eight weeks was not entitled to the protections of the Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act (MMLA). Although this story has been widely reported in the media, the purpose . . . → Read More: Supreme Judicial Court Interprets Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act (MMLA)
The following is the not-so short list of ways that employers often mishandle employee terminations, leading to surprise and distress on the part of the employee, the appearance of unfairness and an eventual lawsuit. The list is not meant to be all inclusive (we would be here all day) – just instructive.
1. Failing to . . . → Read More: The Not-So Short List of Ways to Mishandle Employee Terminations
Welcome and thank you for visiting our employment blog. Check back often for updates on employment cases of interest, changes in statutes and regulations, and reports on best practices in employment in Massachusetts. We don’t give legal advice here, because employment matters are fact specific and each case is different. We do hope you find . . . → Read More: Welcome to the Boston, Massachusetts Employment Law Blog