Mark Whitney was recently quoted in an article appearing in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly concerning important factors in employment law leading to a recent trend in substantially larger verdicts. The article is titled: "#MeToo, Voir Dire Seen as Part of Big-Verdict Bonanza."
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The Federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, U.S.C. §§ 2101-2109 (the “WARN Act”), allows employees to sue employers who fail to provide them with 60 days’ advance notice of the company’s shutdown or “mass” layoffs, which are specifically defined in the law. The 60-day notice period is intended to provide employees transition time to adjust to the prospective loss of employment. The WARN Act applies to companies with 100 or more employees.
Effective January 1, 2019, important changes take effect concerning the payment of hourly wages in Massachusetts. Both employers paying and employees earning minimum wage, especially retail employees who work on Sundays and tipped employees, should take note of these changes:
On April 1, 2018, the Massachusetts Pregnant Worker Fairness Act (“PWFA”) went into effect. This new law mandates a variety of workplace accommodations for expecting and new mothers and ensures that they should not be subject to discrimination in relation to their pregnancy.
WLG is proud to announce that Mark Whitney has once again been selected by Thompson Reuters as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer. This is Mark's 10th year to be selected for this recognition (2 years as a Rising Star and 8 years as a SuperLawyer) by Thomson Reuters’ SuperLawyer Magazine) in the "Employment Litigation Attorney" category.
As a recent Boston Globe article highlights, the impact of laws legalizing the use of recreational marijuana on the workplace remain unsettled. The Globe article discusses a woman who regularly -- and legally -- used marijuana outside of work, but tested positive for marijuana after she suffered a fall at work.
A Suffolk County Superior Court jury just handed a $28 Million award to a former nurse who claimed she had suffered discrimination because of her race and was retaliated against by Brigham & Womens Hospital. This is the largest award in Massachusetts history for an employment law case. A Boston Globe article discussing the verdict can be found here.
WLG is pleased to welcome Maureen DeSimone, who recently joined WLG as an Associate. Maureen is a 2018 graduate of Suffolk University Law School, where she served as a Content Editor on the Journal of High Technology Law. Maureen received her B.A. degree from Stonehill College in 2008 and obtained a Paralegal Certificate from Suffolk University's Applied Legal Studies Program in 2010.
Today the Massachusetts Attorney General issued a long-awaited compliance guidance to help employers prepare for the effective date of the Act to Establish Pay Equity, which amends the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act ("MEPA"), and which goes into effect on July 1, 2018. A copy of the 30-page guidance can be found by clicking here. To see prior WLG blog posts discussing the amended MEPA, click here.