By John Ayers-Mann and Daniel B. Klein,

Seyfarth Synopsis: On September 29, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker issued an Executive Order outlining the process for “lower risk communities” to advance to Step Two of Phase Three of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan. On September 30 and October 1, Massachusetts published updated guidance for businesses in several sectors across the State
Continue Reading Massachusetts Publishes Updated Reopening Guidance for Step 2 of Phase 3

By John Ayers-Mann, Christopher W. Kelleher, Daniel B. KleinRobert A. Fisher, and Ariel Cudkowicz

Seyfarth Synopsis: Massachusetts will move to the second step of Phase II of the State’s reopening plan beginning today, June 22. Updated COVID-19 guidance issued by the Baker Administration increases office occupancy limits to 50% of maximum capacity, permits indoor
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By Daniel B. Klein and Christopher W. Kelleher

Seyfarth Synopsis: While we await the proposed regulations due by March 31, 2019, the new Department of Family and Medical Leave has provided several points of clarification of which employers should be aware, as we gear up for implementation of the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) Law.

As we previously
Continue Reading Massachusetts Offers Further Clarification On Its Paid Family And Medical Leave Law: What Employers Should Know

By Sara Eber Fowler and Lynn Kappelman

Seyfarth Synopsis: Oregon’s new employee scheduling law – impacting hourly employees at large retail, food service, and hospitality employers – goes into effect after the end of this week, on July 1. Affected employers must now be aware of the potential consequences in changing employees’ schedules.

Friendly Reminder! At the end of this
Continue Reading As Predicted…. On July 1, Oregon Will Become The First State With A Predictable Scheduling Law

By Joshua M. HendersonIlana R. MoradyBrent I. Clark, and Craig B. Simonsen

Introduction: We are posting our colleagues’ California Peculiarities Employment Law Blog post on workplace violence. While this particular topic is California centric, the principles discussed below are universal, and appropriate to publish widely. For instance, workplace violence under federal OSHA is generally
Continue Reading Fight Club Rules: Using Restraining Orders to Prevent Workplace Violence

By Paul S. Drizner and Michael D. Fleischer

Seyfarth Synopsis: The new Tax Act prohibits employers from deducting payments to individuals alleging sexual harassment or sexual abuse if the settlement or payment requires the Claimant to execute a nondisclosure agreement.

The #MeToo movement continues to have a significant impact on all employers, forcing human resource professionals to review their protocols
Continue Reading Sexual Harassment Legal Settlements: What Employers Need to Know About the New Tax Act

By Sara Eber Fowler

Seyfarth Synopsis: Last minute scheduling change?  Want to make sure you have enough employees on stand-by to cover shifts?  In a growing number of areas around the country, that will cost you. 

Fair scheduling laws – sometimes referred to as “predictive” or “predictable” scheduling – are popping up in city councils and state legislatures across
Continue Reading Fair Game? Predictable Scheduling Laws — The Sensation Sweeping The Nation