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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

PREPARATION ON BREXIT IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC

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The “(Br)exit” of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (hereinafter referred as the “UK”) from the European Union is a process intently watched by all European countries. No wonder some of the member states of the EU have already started to prepare their own legislation to deal with possible “No-deal Brexit”. As of April 14, 2019, a new Read More

Landowners’ position may be strengthened following recent decision regarding Telecoms Code

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Following a significant change in the rules governing telecoms operators at the end of 2017, there have been several decisions issued by the tribunals on how the new (UK-wide) rules should be interpreted. A recent case report provides some helpful guidance on points that may affect landowners’ negotiations and contracts with telecoms operators, most notably on the way rents for Read More

Essential updates for employers – from April 2019

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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

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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

CALIFORNIA ADOPTS WETLANDS DEFINITION AND EXPANDS REQUIREMENTS FOR DREDGE OR FILL APPLICANTS

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After more than a decade of work, the California State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) approved on April 2, 2019, a common definition for California wetlands and a regulatory program that amends and expands the permit requirements for the discharge of dredge or fill materials that impact or could impact state waters. We forecast coming changes and their importance Read More

SOFTWARE IS PATENT-ELIGIBLE, BUT IT’S ALL ABOUT THE CLAIMS

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Apps, computer- or smartphone-enabled processes, smart devices, and IoT solutions, often center on the same core element: software. Is your software, app, or process patentable?  Well, to provide the stereotypical lawyer answer, it depends. But, at least in the near term, it seems easier now than it was before January 2019. The definition of patent-eligible subject matter is codified in Read More