Articles in Employment & Labor

New York State Legislature Passes “Game-Changing” Bill Extending Workplace Discrimination and Harassment Protections

Posted

Last year, New York State passed legislation that dramatically increased the legal protections against sexual harassment, including requiring all employers to adopt a sexual harassment policy and implement annual sexual harassment training for all employees. Late last week, the Democratic-controlled New York State Legislature passed a bill containing several even more sweeping laws further extending protections against not only sexual Read More

Lindsays in the Scotsman: Tribunals loom for firms which ignore mental health of staff

Posted

This article featuring Ben Doherty, Partner and Head of our Employment team appeared in Scotland on Sunday on Sunday 26May. A leading expert on employment law has warned that small businesses face increased complaints to tribunals if they ignore issues surrounding the mental health of employees. Ben Doherty, a partner and head of employment law at Lindsays solicitors in Glasgow, has represented clients Read More

EEOC Requires Employers to Submit EEO-1 Component 2 Pay Data by September 30, 2019

Posted

The EEOC has announced that employers required to file annual EEO-1 reports must also submit EEO-1 Component 2 pay and hours data broken down by race, sex and ethnicity by job category for 2017 and 2018  no later than September 30, 2019. The Component 2 data requirement was originally imposed during the Obama administration, but was  put on hold by Read More

New York Extends Employee Paid Time Off Voting Benefit

Posted

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently signed into law an amendment to § 3-110 of the New York Election Law that extends the obligations of employers to provide employees with paid time off to vote in elections. Prior to the amendment, employers were required to provide employees with two hours of paid time off to vote, but only if Read More

SUMMER IS COMING: Massachusetts Compliance Requirements with Respect to Summer Internship Programs

Posted

For the Morse Employment Law Group, the arrival of spring is marked, not by the blooming of vernal flowers, but, rather, by the steady increase of inquiries related to summer interns. A summer internship program is often an important component of an employer’s annual business cycle: internships help connect an employer to its surrounding academic communities; internships can facilitate an Read More

Department of Labor Proposes New Interpretation of Joint Employer Status Under The Fair Labor Standards Act

Posted

On April 9, 2019, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (the “NPRM”) to amend its existing regulations regarding so-called “joint employer” status under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (the “FLSA” or the “Act”). The FLSA requires covered “employers” to pay nonexempt employees at least the federal minimum wage for all hours worked and overtime Read More

Equal Pay Day in Massachusetts: Are you in compliance?

Posted

April 2, 2019, is National Equal Pay Day – a date designated by the National Committee on Pay Equity to highlight inequities in wages between men and women. Equal Pay Day marks how far into the next calendar year the average American woman would have to work in order to make as much as the average American man made in the preceding Read More

A Primer to the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Law

Posted

The Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (the “PFML”) represents a sweeping change to the landscape of employee benefits laws that affect Massachusetts employers. Under the PFML, as of January 2021, millions of Massachusetts workers will become eligible for up to 26 weeks of job-protected, paid family and medical leave, on an annual basis, through a public-sponsored insurance program. A new Read More

Essential updates for employers – from April 2019

Posted

April not only brings with it lighter evenings but also a number of employment changes that employers should be aware of and incorporate into HR policies to avoid any penalties or potential tribunal action against them. This year sees increases to the national minimum and national living wages, as well as an increase to the maximum compensatory award for unfair Read More

The scope of equality law was highlighted in recent case at Glasgow University

Posted

Brent Haywood successfully demonstrated that a group was unlawfully refused affiliation by the Glasgow University Students’ Representative Council without the need for a court case. In the field of human rights and equalities law, often the cases which grab the headlines are those where a judgement is delivered after a hard-fought legal battle in court. But the law doesn’t develop only Read More