Human Resources (HR) Compliance

Most times on this blog, we report on developments in courts or in the legislature.

But today’s post focuses on something that didn’t happen — namely a bill that didn’t pass — even though it looked almost certain earlier this week.

Indeed, Senate Bill 132 looked to have momentum.

In this political and legal…

Over the weekend, the General Assembly approved a bill prohibiting employers, including the state and its political subdivisions, from asking, or directing a third-party to ask, about a prospective employee’s wage and salary history.

The measure now moves to the Governor’s office for his signature.

The prohibition does not apply in two situations:

  • if the

In speaking to job applicants, interviewers need to be circumspect in what they say. There are questions that can be asked, and there are questions that can create real headaches, as well as liability. A recent case demonstrates how comments in an interview ended up in federal court litigation.

A University hired a woman to…

On occasion, many businesses provide unpaid internship opportunities. However, it is important to be sure the unpaid internship does not run afoul of the Fair Labor Standards Act, as some companies have learned the hard way that rather than having an unpaid intern they had an “employee” and ended up with wage and hour liability.…

If an employee is an at-will employee, he or she is not entitled to any explanation about the reason for the termination.  Nevertheless, when terminating an employee, most employers sensibly provide the employee with a reason for the termination. In any subsequent litigation, the employer will be required to explain the legitimate, non-discriminatory reasons for…

Please save the date and pre-register for Shipman & Goodwin’s 2018 Labor and Employment Public Sector Spring Seminar on May 4, 2018. Note: This program is intended for Public Sector employers.

Recent trends in the workplace related to claims of harassment, discrimination, and workplace violence, suggest that now more than ever, employers must to be

The Trump administration has already reversed or changed several positions taken by the Department of Labor (DOL) under the Obama administration. That trend continues with the DOL’s announcement of the forthcoming Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program, which will provide employers with an important opportunity to work with the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD)…

For those of you with employees in Massachusetts, you need to be aware of two significant changes with respect to pay equity and pregnancy accommodations.  These changes also serve as a reminder to employers that they need to stay focused on disseminating and enforcing policies on harassment of all kinds.

On April 1, 2018, the…

Dan Schwartz will join follow employment and HR bloggers John Hyman (Ohio Employer’s Law Blog), Eric Meyer (The Employer Handbook Blog), Jeff Nowak (FMLA Insights), Robin Shea (Employment & Labor Insider), and Suzanne Lucas (Evil HR Lady) for a one-hour recap of 2017 employment law and HR compliance news. Presenters will also provide practical tips to help employers prepare the workplace for 2018.

Join Shipman & Goodwin Immigration attorneys Brenda Eckert and Ashley Mendoza for this complimentary webinar specific to a college and university audience.  Presenters will review the latest changes to immigration law affecting colleges and universities, and offer a discussion of I-9 compliance for F-1 students with employment authorization, as well as visa options for students, faculty and staff.…