BELLO / WELSH LLP NEWS & ALERTS

Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office Issues Proposed Earned Sick Time Regulations

Last November, voters approved a ballot initiative granting earned sick leave to Massachusetts employees.   As we wrote in an earlier article, beginning on July 1, 2015, employees working in Massachusetts are entitled to earn up to forty hours of paid sick leave per calendar year.  Employers with ten or fewer employees are not required to […]

Massachusetts Extends Parental Leave Rights to Employees Regardless of Gender

By Sasha Thaler Since 1972, the Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act (M.G.L. c. 149 s. 105D) has provided eight weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave to full-time female employees who meet certain eligibility requirements, on the occasion of the birth and, more recently, the adoption of a child.  One of former Governor Deval Patrick’s last official acts […]

Top Employment Law Changes for Massachusetts Businesses- End of Year Review

By Sasha Thaler 2014 brought a number of legislative changes which will affect Massachusetts employers of all sizes in 2015.  Here is a recap of the top 5 changes employers should be prepared for in the New Year.

Mandatory Paid Sick Time- Massachusetts Voters Say “Yes”

By Jennifer Belli On election day, Massachusetts voters approved a ballot initiative requiring employers to provide sick time to their employees.  Absent legislative repeal, the mandatory sick time law will become effective on July 1, 2015.  Organizations with eleven or more employees will be required to provide paid sick time, while organizations with fewer than […]

Workshop: Employment Law Basics for Start-Ups and Small Businesses

On October 29, 2014, Bello Welsh will present a session on HR and Employment Law Issues for Start Ups and Small Businesses at the Cambridge Innovation Center, 1 Broadway, Cambridge, MA. Start-up companies focus on developing their idea and bringing their product or service to market.  Small existing businesses work to implement their core business […]

Inflexible Leave Policies – EEOC Position is Clear Despite Court’s Disagreement

On June 30, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission touted its recent agreement with Princeton HealthCare System to settle litigation challenging PCHS’s “inflexible” leave of absence policy under the Americans with Disabilities Act. According to the press release published by the EEOC, PHCS maintained a fixed leave policy whereby employees were terminated if they were […]

NLRB Invalidates Overbroad “No Gossip” Policy

Over the past few years, the National Labor Relations Board has expanded its sphere of influence into the non-unionized workplace.  In the guise of preserving workers’ rights under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (which includes the broad right to engage in concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual […]

CLIENT ALERT – More and More Municipalities Are Legislating Paid Sick Leave

Philadelphia is poised to join a growing list of cities and states (including Portland, Oregon; Seattle; and San Francisco) which in the last few years have begun to require employers to provide paid sick time (“PST”) to their employees. These laws allow employees to receive limited paid time off to care for their own health […]

CLIENT ALERT – New York City Passes Ordinance Prohibiting Discrimination Based on Unemployment Status

Effective June 11, 2013, the New York City Human Rights Law is amended to prohibit employers and employment agencies from discriminating against job applicants on the basis of unemployment status. The law also prohibits employers/employment agencies from publishing advertisements for any job in New York City that indicates that current employment is a requirement or […]

CLIENT ALERT – Department of Labor Issues Revised FMLA Regulations

The United States Department of Labor has issued revised regulations to the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) that go into effect March 8, 2013. The revised regulations implement recent statutory amendments to the military leave provisions of the FMLA, update the FMLA notice employers must post, and contain other minor changes. The revised regulations also […]

CLIENT ALERT – Massachusetts High Court Clarifies Rule for Release of Wage Claims

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently clarified that a general release between an employer and employee will only be enforceable as to claims under the Massachusetts Payment of Wages Act if the agreement is stated in “clear and unmistakable terms” and is “plainly worded and understandable to the average individual.” An enforceable release also must […]

B/W NEWS – 2012 Company Achievement Highlights

Bello / Welsh once again has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the “Best Law Firms” in the area of labor and employment law, both nationally and in the Boston Metropolitan area. On October 1, 2012, Steve Weatherhead was a panelist at the FirmFuture – Practice Management & Legal Technology […]