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Are Payment Contingencies in Commission Agreements Worth the Paper They’re Written On?
May 12, 2017
Last month, a federal trial court in Massachusetts held that a former employee was entitled to unpaid commissions under the Wage Act, despite an explicit statement in the employer’s plan that employees who voluntarily resigned were ineligible for incentive payments.
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Is Setting Pay Based on Prior Salary the Same as Setting Pay Based on Sex?
May 11, 2017
Can prior salary justify a pay differential, or does it necessarily perpetuate sex-based pay discrimination? This was the subject of a recent Equal Pay Act (EPA) case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
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Wisconsin Surpreme Court Defines "Substantial Fault" Standard for Unemployment Insurance and Worker's Compensation Matters
May 9, 2017
On May 4, 2017, the Wisconsin Supreme Court released a long–awaited decision in Lela Operton vs. LIRC, 2017 WI 46, the first Supreme Court interpretation of Wisconsin’s “substantial fault” standard.
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Alabama Worker's Comp Law Struck Down
May 9, 2017
In a potentially monumental decision, on May 8th, Jefferson County Circuit Judge Pat Ballard struck down the Alabama Worker's Compensation Act as unconstitutional.
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Federal Court Overturns NLRB's Decision Against Bellagio On Weingarten Rights
May 8, 2017
The Bellagio is to be congratulated on a recent decision in its favor entered by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in the matter of Bellagio, LLC v. The National Labor Relations Board.
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U.S. House of Representatives Approves ACA Repeal Bill
May 5, 2017
On May 4, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly approved a revised version of the American Health Care Act (“AHCA”), a bill that both repeals certain parts of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) and provides new provisions that would significantly change how individuals and employers pay for and receive health insurance.
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Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements – Maybe Better Than We Thought
May 4, 2017
In December 2016, Congress passed and President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act, which created qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangements (QSEHRAs).  This Alert reviews how QSEHRAs may be used, in light of different laws in Oregon and Washington
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FMLA Is Not A “Get Out Of Jail Free” Card!
May 4, 2017
I know that many employers feel hamstrung by the Family and Medical Leave Act’s statutory protections for employees. They can’t do much about the significant negative effects on business operations because of an employee’s unscheduled intermittent FMLA leave, for example.
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Updated CORI Regulations Require Employer Action
May 4, 2017
As part of Massachusetts Governor Baker’s continued push for CORI reform, the Secretary of State recently issued a number of revised regulations governing the CORI background check process.
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A Battle for the Soul of the NLRB?
April 27, 2017
For several years we have watched the National Labor Relations Board take ever-more aggressive positions that (in our view) ignore the realities of the modern-day workplace and business operations (or really, common sense).
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School Bus Driver Busted for Marijuana Use
April 27, 2017
Last month, 63-year-old New Hampshire resident Ali Mahfuz made headlines across Massachusetts after he was arrested for reporting to the Chelmsford High School allegedly under the influence of marijuana.
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Legislators Renew Attempt to Provide FMLA Leave for Death of a Child
April 20, 2017
At a time when bipartisanship is hard to come by, some members of Congress have reached across the aisle to propose a “common sense” modification of the Family Medical and Leave Act (FMLA).
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