In a historic moment, yesterday, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law a comprehensive pay-equity bill aimed at eradicating the wage gap in Massachusetts. With the bill’s passage, Massachusetts has become the first state in the nation to prohibit employers from asking job applicants to provide a salary history during the interview process.

Supporters of the

The United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) yesterday released its long awaited final rule which revises the salary test for the “white collar” exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).  The new rule will be effective December 1, 2016 and is expected to impact some 4.2 million salaried workers based simply on the revision

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Photo: Jason Lawrence via Flickr (CC by 2.0)

UBER has settled two class-action lawsuits — one filed in California in 2013 (O’Connor) and one in Massachusetts in 2014 (Yucesoy) — by drivers who sought to be considered employees rather than independent contractors.  In those cases, plaintiffs were

The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, along with several other states, is challenging retail stores’ use of “on call” shifts.  This month, Massachusetts joined with California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New York and Rhode Island to send requests for information regarding the use of “on call” shifts to 15 national retailers that

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Photo: dbking via Flickr (CC by 2.0)

In Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, the U.S. Supreme Court held that statistical or representative evidence could be used by a class of employees to prove liability for an employer’s failure to pay them for donning and doffing protective gear in violation of

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Photo: Pictures of Money via Flickr (CC by 2.0)

Seven years after the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was signed into law, the Obama Administration has announced additional steps to address the gender pay gap in this country.  Specifically, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has proposed changes to the Employer

It is no surprise that businesses often struggle with categorizing workers as employees versus independent contractors.  The U.S. Department of Labor’s (“USDOL”) latest  guidance highlights a similar challenge businesses face, but may overlook, especially those using staffing agencies  or hire temporary workers to supplement their workforces: the issue of joint employment.  On January 20, 2016,

David Letterman is retired, but the end of every year brings a new, or not so new, top 10 list of wage and hour violations. The list is prepared by the NH Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, which dutifully keeps track of the various infractions committed by employers. Large and small employers alike