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Workplace Laws Your Massachusetts Employer May be Violating

No one is above the law, including your Massachusetts boss. The National LaborEmployee rights.jpg Relations Act and a variety of statutes overseen by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission protect employees from hostile work environments, discrimination and unfair labor practices. There are also Massachusetts and local regulations that employers must follow.

Massachusetts Adjusts Limits on Employer Inquiries into Job Applicants' Criminal History

Under Massachusetts law, employers are prohibited from asking for informationCriminal Record.jpg about an applicant's criminal history on an "initial written employment application" (this is referred to as the "ban the box" provision).

What if I am Still Employed, I Have a Massachusetts Wage Claim, but I Don't Want to be Fired?

It is illegal to fire a Massachusetts employee for trying to get paid their wages. The law says "NoEmployee Compensation.jpg employee shall be penalized by an employer in any way as a result of any action on the part of an employee to seek his or her rights under the wages and hours provisions of this chapter."

Infograghic: #MeToo: Facts About Sexual Harassment in the Massachusetts Workforce

The #MeToo and Time's Up Now movement is sparking much debate across the country, and your Massachusetts workplace is no exception. But just how prevalent is sexual harassment in companies across the U.S.? The infographic below highlights key findings from a recent CareerBuilder survey. 

How to Conduct Effective Workplace Harassment Investigations in Massachusetts

The wave of workplace harassment allegations dominating headlines in recentInvestigation.jpg weeks has been a wake-up call to employers to review their anti-harassment policies in Massachusetts. However, the best-drafted policies are meaningless unless companies have an investigation protocol in place that mandates a prompt and thorough investigation of any complaints of sexual misconduct in the workplace.

When Is a Transfer a Reasonable Accommodation in Massachusetts?

Massachusetts G.L. ch. 151B is the state statute that prohibits discriminationDisability 4.jpg based on disability, and the interpretation of that statute sometimes differs from the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). One area where the two statutes diverge is an employer's obligation to transfer an employee to a vacant position.

Ways to Lose the Employment-At-Will Relationship in Massachusetts

Absent a written agreement in Massachusetts stating otherwise, employmentJob Interview.jpg relationships are presumed to be at-will. In other words, an employer can terminate an employee at any time for any reason, or for no reason, so long as it's not for a discriminatory or other illegal reason. Likewise, an employee is free to leave a job at any time.

10 Tips for Dealing With Workplace Harassment in Massachusetts

When someone famous is caught in the act of harassment, it gets people'sSexual-harassment-words.jpgattention. But most harassment stories especially workplace harassment in Massachusetts never make it to the headlines. They're all too common, and they've been around for a long time.

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