Determining Whether a Worker is an Employee or Independent Contractor and Entitled to Workers’ Compensation Benefits 

From JDSupra, Jamie Spiller Kaplan discusses the criteria for classifying a worker as an employee or independent contractor for workers compensations purposes. Jamie write: The proliferation of the gig economy has created a renewed interest in the distinction between employees and independent contractors. In Massachusetts, the Workers’ Compensation Act defines an employee as, “every person […]

Employment and Labor in Massachusetts

From Lexology, Laurence J. Donoghue provides terrific guidance on employment and labor law in Massachusetts. Laurence writes: Which issues would you most highlight to someone new to your state? Massachusetts is an organized-labor-friendly and employee-friendly state. Unions and their causes generally have the support of the city of Boston’s administration and most state legislators. Further, […]

Managing the employment relationship in Massachusetts 

From Lexology, Laurence J. Donoghue provides guidance on managing the employment relationship in Massachusetts. Laurence writes: Employment relationship State-specific laws What state-specific laws govern the employment relationship? There is a broad Anti-discrimination Law (Mass. G.L. c. 151B) which covers all employers with six or more employees. There is also a strong Payment of Wages Law, […]

Employing Workers in Massachusetts: A Guide for Emerging Companies

From JDSupra,  Michael L. Rosen provides a guide for emerging companies to hire workers. Note, this was initially posted in 2015 and may need updates. At some point, every emerging company must identify and retain people to work for the business. The founders or owners of the business recognize that they cannot do it alone, […]

Feds indict Massachusetts staffing firm owner on tax, wire fraud charges

Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) reports that the owner of a staffing firm was indicted for failing to pay taxes. A former staffing firm owner in Worcester, Massachusetts, was indicted Thursday on federal tax and fraud charges, the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts reported. Tam Vuong, 44, was charged with 14 counts of […]

New Forms and Final Regulations Issued Under the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Law 

From JDSupra, Shannon Berube and Alice Kokodis provide a terrific summary of the recent developments in the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave law (PFML). Shannon and Alice write: Contribution Rate To make up for the lost quarter of contributions due to the three-month delay in the contribution start date, the Department increased the contribution […]

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Employee termination law in Massachusetts 

From Lexology,  Laurence J. Donoghue of Morgan, Brown & Joy LLP provides a summary of the law relating to employee terminations. Laurence writes: Discipline and termination State procedures Are there state-specific laws on the procedures employers must follow with regard to discipline and grievance procedures? No (regarding private sector employers). At-will or notice At-will status […]