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.
Whitney Law Group, LLC Blog
Mark Whitney was recently quoted in an article appearing in the Boston Globe concerning the increased use of "Love Contracts" by employers in response to relationships in the workplace and the #MeToo movement. The article is titled: Dating a co-worker? You may need a love contract, and it contains a sample agreement as well.
Late in 2017, a Norfolk County Superior Court jury awarded a 65-year-old plaintiff, James Beresford, $1.2 million in an age discrimination lawsuit against his former employer, Charles River Automotive (“CRA”) and CRA’s general manager Mark Gentile. The jury verdict awarded Beresford $317,780 in back pay, $285,000 in front pay, and $602,780 in punitive damages.
Status of Mass State Efforts to Roll-Out Retail Sales
NH follows the vast majority of states in the US with respect to the enforcement of non-competition agreements (“NCAs”). NH courts will enforce NCAs that are narrowly drawn to protect employers’ business interests in protecting confidential information and goodwill (or, business relationships).
Mark Whitney was recently quoted in an article appearing in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly concerning severance agreements and their impact of release language on equity rights of senior executives. The article entitled "Severance terms extinguished exec’s right to shares, options" discussed a recent Massachusetts Appeals Court decision which ruled against a former executive of a software company.
WLG is pleased to announce that Marcie Vaughan has joined the firm as Of Counsel. Marcie brings many years of employment law experience to WLG. She is a cum laude graduate of Bates College (B.A.), a cum laude graduate of Suffolk University's Sawyer School of Management (M.S.), an received her J.D. from Suffolk Law School in 2006, also cum laude. Marcie's addition to WLG adds much needed additional capacity to WLG's growing practice, especially in NH.
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 9th year to be selected for this recognition (2 years as a Rising Star and 7 years as a SuperLawyer) by Thomson Reuters’ SuperLawyer Magazine) in the "Employment Litigation Attorney" category.
WLG is pleased to welcome Kaitlyn Millerick, who recently joined WLG as an Associate. Kaitlyn is a 2011 graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and brings a variety of employment law and general legal experience to the table for WLG's clients. She is attended her undergraduate studies at Brandeis University.
On June 26, 2017, the highest court in Massachusetts, the Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”), decided George, et al. v. National Water Main Cleaning Company, et al. This class action law suit stems from uncertainties about assessment of certain damages under the Massachusetts Wage Act (G. L. c. 149 §§ 148, 150).