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COVID-19: DHS Announces Flexibility in Requirements Related to Form I-9 Verification

On Friday, DHS announced “flexibility in requirements related to Form I-9 verification.”  Under the relaxed requirements, “employers with employees taking physical proximity precautions due to COVID-19 will not be required to review the employee’s identity and employment authorization documents in the employee’s physical presence.”  Instead, the documents may be reviewed remotely, and physically review the […]

COVID-19 Challenges: A Q&A For Employers [SUPERSEDED]

By Bello Welsh LLP This Alert has been superseded.  The updated Alert may be found here. Organizations are facing unprecedented challenges as the result of COVID-19.  The virus’s impact on the workplace is significant and implicates a host of issues under employment law.  Additionally, on March 18, 2020, the federal government passed a new law, […]

COVID-19: Key Considerations for Employers Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

By Bello Welsh LLP Businesses of all sizes are having to make significant changes in many areas of their operations and to respond to unprecedented issues stemming from the continuing spread of COVID-19.  The following are key business and legal consideration for all employers dealing with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in the workplace. 

COVID-19: Families First Coronavirus Response Act Signed Into Law [SUPERSEDED]

By Bello Welsh LLP This Alert has been superseded.  The updated Alert may be found here. On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”), which aims to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic by, among other things, providing a limited period of paid sick leave for employees […]

COVID-19: Employer Leave Requirements and Tax Provisions

The House Ways and Means Committee has published an overview of employer leave requirements and tax credit provisions under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  You can access that chart here.

USCIS Publishes New Version of Employment Eligibility Form (Form I-9)

By Martha J. Zackin On Jan. 31, 2020, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a new version of Form I-9: Employment Eligibility Verification.  Although employers can and should begin using the new Form I-9 immediately, the old Form I-9 will not become obsolete until April 30, 2020. Background.  The law requires employers, certain […]

DOL Issues New Overtime Rule for Exempt Employees

By Alexandra D. Thaler With the U.S. Department of Labor’s new overtime rule becoming effective in less than two months, on January 1, 2020, employers are well advised to be working now to implement any needed changes by the new year. This fall, the DOL issued its final rule affecting pay requirements for exempt executive, […]

Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act: Updated

By Martha J. Zackin and Hayley Cotter Following weeks of piecemeal changes and updates, the Department of Family and Medical Leave (“DFML”) has now issued the final regulations (effective July 1, 2019).  Click here for a revised Bello / Welsh alert, which has been updated to be consistent with both the final regulations and the bill […]

New Deadlines Established for Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Law

On December 3, 2018, we posted about the new Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Law (“PFML”).  Although the post was accurate at the time published, the Department of Paid Family and Medical Leave (the “Department”), has since pushed out some deadlines and made other changes.  We will be posting substantive guidance shortly, but in […]

Administrative Law Judge Recommends Dismissal of Department of Labor’s Pay Discrimination Claims Against Federal Contractor

By Justin L. Engel Following a two-week trial, Bello Welsh has secured a major victory for a federal contractor in an enforcement action alleging gender-based pay discrimination brought by the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) under Executive Order 11246.  The case, OFCCP v. Analogic Corporation, No. 2017-OFC-00001, is the first […]

Amendments to Massachusetts Law Concerning Criminal History Inquiries

By Justin L. Engel In October 2018, amendments to Massachusetts law concerning employer criminal history inquiries became effective.  Under the previous version of the law, employers were prohibited from asking about: (i) an arrest, detention, or disposition regarding any violation of law in which no conviction resulted; (ii) a first conviction for any of the […]

Massachusetts Raises Minimum Wage and Establishes Paid Family and Medical Leave

By Jennifer Belli and Justin Engel In June 2018, Massachusetts passed a law that will gradually raise the state minimum wage to $15.00 per hour and establish a paid family and medical leave program for employees in the state.  The Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave, a newly established state agency created to administer […]