Massachusetts Employers Receive New Guidance Regarding Reimbursement for Qualifying Paid Leave Plans Under the State’s PFML Law

From JDSupra, Eric Emanuelson, Nancy Gunzenhauser Popper, and Anastasia Regne discuss recent guidance for reimbursement of qualifying paid leave. Eric, Nancy and Anastasia write: The Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (“DFML”) continues to provide ongoing substantive and procedural guidance regarding the implementation of the state’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Program (“PFML”). As […]

Anti-Raiding Provision Upheld by Massachusetts High Court

From Jackson Lewis PC, Colin A. Thakkar and Erik J. Winton discusses a recent case which upheld an anti-raiding provision in an agreement in connection with the sale of the business. Colin and Erik write: The Automile Decision In November 2007, Matthew McGovern (McGovern) became a founding member, as well as the Chief Financial Officer, of Prime Motor Group […]

Massachusetts Appeals Court discusses ABC Standard

In a recent case, Weiss v. Loomis, the Massachusetts Appeals Court reversed a directed verdict in a case alleging a worker was misclassified as an independent contractor. While the court did not reach a conclusion on whether the worker was an employee or independent contractor, the court did discuss the factors that a jury would […]

Call Center Employees in Massachusetts Win Claim For Sunday Premium Pay 

From Seyfarth Shaw, Patrick J.Bannon and VladaFeldman discuss a recent case in which call center employees were able to recover premium pay for working on Sundays. Patrick and Vlada write: Seyfarth Synopsis: A Massachusetts trial court judge ruled that employees were entitled to premium pay for work on Sundays at a call center, under a […]

Payroll firm, contingent workforce manager in lawsuit over alleged bribe request

Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA), the Global Advisor on Staffing and Workforce Solutions, reports on case in which the manager at a client asked for a bribe in exchange for raising the markup for the payrolling firm. The payrolling firm refused and even though it was the incumbent, lost the contract without any meaningful discussion. SIA […]

Safie Specialty Foods to Pay $125,000 to Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Suit

Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) reports that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) settled a lawsuit in which a temporary employee was harassed. The EEOC press release states: [The employer] subjected two female production workers, one of whom was a temporary employee, to a sexually hostile work environment. The women were targets of sexual advances […]

Massachusetts PFML Quarterly Returns and Contributions Due By January 31, 2020 

From JDSupra, Daniel Klein and Molly Mooney provide guidance on employers’ responsibilities to report wages under Massachusetts’ Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) law. Daniel and Molly write: Seyfarth Synopsis: Yesterday, the Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) reported on guidance it received from the Department of Revenue regarding how employers participating in the Commonwealth’s […]

The Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Quarterly Contributions Are Due January 31, 2020 

From JDSupra, Patricia Moran and Natalie Young provide a reminder that quarterly contributions are due on January 31, 2020. Patricia and Natalie write: Under the new Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Law, M.G.L c. 175M (“MAPFML”), employees and other covered individuals in the Commonwealth will be entitled to a generous set of new paid […]

Occupational Safety and Health Administration: Temporary Workers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the United States Department of Labor  has the following guidance on temporary workers. Employer Responsibilities to Protect Temporary Workers To ensure that there is a clear understanding of each employer’s role in protecting employees, OSHA recommends that the temporary staffing agency and the host employer set out their respective […]