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Attorneys in Mirick O'Connell's Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Group represent private and public employers in all facets of labor and employment law, including employment litigation, grievance arbitration, collective bargaining, human resource-related advice and training and employee benefits. We represent clients in industries ranging from health care to banking and finance; from education to life sciences; from high technology to manufacturing; and from construction to insurance. In addition, we have extensive experience representing government entities and municipalities.

The New Massachusetts Non-Compete Law

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14 Mirick O'Connell attorneys recognized in 2019 The Best Lawyers in America

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Telegram's One on One with Employment Attorney Jonathan Sigel

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Jonathan Sigel interviewed by NECN - How to Prepare for Mass Equity Pay Law

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Mirick O'Connell Ranked Largest Law Firm in Central MA

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Jonathan Sigel interviewed by Worcester News Tonight, "Equity Pay in the Workplace"

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Mirick O'Connell Voted Best Law Firm For Business

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Do Your COBRA Notices Comply with the Law? If Not, Your Organization Could be Susceptible to a Class Action Lawsuit

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Previously Enjoined Salary Basis Test for White Collar Exempt Employees Has Been Permanently Struck Down by U.S. District Court Judge in Texas

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Massachusetts Enacts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

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Massachusetts High Court Recognizes Employee Right of Qualified Medical Marijuana Users To Allege Handicap Discrimination For Off-Site Use of Medicinal Marijuana

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Worcester T&G "One on One" with Jonathan Sigel

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Marc Terry Elected to the National COSA Board

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Nicholas Anastasopoulos Named one of the "Top 20 Lawyers in Traditional Labor & Employment Law" by Human Resource Executive Magazine and Lawdragon

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Mirick O'Connell Voted Best Law Firm

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Bob Kilroy talks about the new Marijuana Act on Radio Entrepreneurs

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Amanda Baer interviewed by WCVB "Companies determine practices when marijuana becomes legal in Massachusetts"

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Highlights from our "Off the Clock" Employment Blog

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Mirick O'Connell Featured in Worcester Telegram

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Worcester Chamber Salutes Mirick O'Connell on 100 Years of Excellence

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Mirick O'Connell Celebrates 100th Anniversary!

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Paralegal Cheryl Spakauskas Honored by MA Lawyers Weekly, Excellence in the Law award

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Mirick O'Connell Recognized as "Best Law Firm for Business" by the WBJ

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14 Attorneys selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America

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Massachusetts Legislature Passes Long-Anticipated Act Limiting Noncompetition Agreements

8/7/18[ read full story ]

Attorney General's Office Releases Guidance Interpreting an Act to Establish Pay Equity

03/02/2018[ read full story ]

Individual Superintendent Evaluations Not Subject to Release under Open Meeting Law

12/22/2017[ read full story ]

Employees May Now File Discrimination Complaints Online with EEOC

11/07/2017[ read full story ]

U.S. Dept. of Education Interim Guidance to Schools and Colleges for Addressing Sexual Misconduct on Campus

09/27/2017[ read full story ]

Student Free Speech Rights

09/20/2017[ read full story ]

Do Your COBRA Notices Comply with the Law?

09/06/2017[ read full story ]

Previously Enjoined Salary Basis Test for White Collar Exempt Employees Has Been Permanently Struck Down by U.S. District Court Judge in Texas

09/01/2017[ read full story ]

MA Enacts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

07/27/2017[ read full story ]

Revised Form I-9 Issued

07/19/2017[ read full story ]

MA High Court Recognizes Employee Right of Qualified Medical Marijuana Users to Allege Handicap Discrimination for Off-Site Use of Medical Marijuana

07/17/2017[ read full story ]

Does your Commission Plan Comply with the MA Wage Act?

06/19/2017[ read full story ]

What Should School Districts do When ICE Comes Knocking?

4/18/17[ read full story ]

Quick Hits from the National COSA Conference

04/07/2017[ read full story ]

Could You be Liable for the Sins of Your Staffing Agency?

03/20/2017[ read full story ]

2017 Employment Law Changes

01/20/2017[ read full story ]

Department of Labor's Final Rule Increasing Salary Threshold for White Collar Exempt Employees Will Not Take Effect on December 1st, As Originally Planned

11/23/2016[ read full story ]

What Recreational Marijuana Means for Massachusetts Employers

11/17/2016[ read full story ]

With Veterans' Day Approaching, Employers Should Be Aware of New Veterans' Rights

11/10/2016[ read full story ]

OCR Seeks to Ensure Compliance with Website Accessibility Guidelines

10/26/2016[ read full story ]

School Residency-Enrollment Issues

09/26/2016[ read full story ]

DOL Issues Final Rule Updating Overtime Regulations

05/18/2016[ read full story ]

The Defend Trade Secrets Act: A Federal Remedy for the Misappropriation of Trade Secrets

05/05/2016[ read full story ]

Drug Testing of CDL Drivers Through Use of Hair Samples on Hold

01/05/2016[ read full story ]

Supreme Judicial Court's Decision in Somerville v. Commonwealth Employment Relations Board Represents Big Win for Municipalities on Retiree Health Insurance Benefits

02/11/15[ read full story ]

MA Expands Leave for Birth or Adoption to Male Employees

01/14/2015[ read full story ]

New Law Gives Preference in Hiring and Promotion Decisions to Veterans

01/08/2015[ read full story ]

New Law Requires Coaches be Certified in CPR

01/05/2015[ read full story ]

New OSHA Requirements for Notice of Employee Hospitalization

12/30/2014[ read full story ]

Massachusetts Voters Approve Paid Sick Leave Law

11/05/2014[ read full story ]

Federal Appeals Court Halts Implementation of NLRB Employees' Rights Posting

April 18, 2012[ read full story ]

New Limits on Employer Access To and Use Of Criminal Records Take Effect on May 4, 2012

March 30, 2012[ read full story ]

Attorney General Announces $2.8 Million Settlement with 3 Companies that Violated Massachusetts Prevailing Wage and Misclassification Laws

March 22, 2012[ read full story ]

Supreme Judicial Court Issues Much Anticipated Quinn Bill Decision

March 8, 2012[ read full story ]

Transgender Discrimination Protection

February 10, 2012[ read full story ]

Massachusetts Court Upholds Students' Suspensions for Hazing Incident

January 30, 2012[ read full story ]

Principal and Teacher Who Exchanged Intimate E-Mails May Proceed with Invasion of Privacy Claim Against Employer

January 25, 2012[ read full story ]

OSHA and MA DSL Compliance and Workplace Safety Seminar

02/15/2019[ read full story ]

The Massachusetts Equal Pay Act and Pay Equity Audits: Why and How?

11/28/2018[ read full story ]

TO BE RESCHEDULED! The Massachusetts Equal Pay Act and Pay Equity Audits: Why and How?

10/25/2018[ read full story ]

Rich Van Nostrand to serve on MCLE Panel, "1st Look at Massachusetts' New Noncompete & Trade Secrets Laws

09/06/2018[ read full story ]

Addiction in the Workplace Forum: Bob Kilroy to serve on panel

06/12/2018[ read full story ]

Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Seminar

03/28/2018[ read full story ]

Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Seminar

04/12/2017[ read full story ]

D. Moschos and Kim Rozak to present at the Worcester Chamber of Commerce

9/23/16[ read full story ]

John McMorrow to present on The DOL Fiduciary Investment Advice Rule

09/15/2016[ read full story ]

Coming to a Workplace Near You: New Fair Labor Standards Act Overtime Regulations Appear Imminent

The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) recently sent proposed regulations to the Federal Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) to amend the Fair Labor Standard Act’s White Collar Exemptions – i.e., the professional, executive and administrative exemptions – by increasing …

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WARN Act Violations ≠ Wage Act Violations

Early in 2018, the Massachusetts Wage Act, G.L. c. 149, §148, was in the news with two noteworthy decisions by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Bookending 2018, the Supreme Judicial Court closed the year with yet another decision narrowing the …

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U.S. Secretary of Education Released Proposed Changes to Title IX Regulations

On November 16, 2018, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released proposed changes to Title IX regulations on sexual harassment. While the public has 60 days to comment before the regulations take effect, the following are the key aspects of …

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Judicial Protection of the Employment Relationship: The Broad Reach of the Workers’ Compensation Retaliation Prohibition

The Massachusetts Appeals Court recently had the opportunity to assess the limits of a statute designed to protect employees – the prohibition on employer retaliation against employees for pursuing Workers’ Compensation claims. The Court seized upon the unique facts of …

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Massachusetts Employers: Don’t Forget to Submit the New HIRD Form by November 30

All Massachusetts employers with six or more employees must submit a Health Insurance Responsibility Disclosure form (“HIRD Form”) to MassHealth through the MassTaxConnect web portal by November 30, 2018. In November 2017, Massachusetts amended Chapter 118E of the General Laws …

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Constructive Discharge Claims: Recent Appellate Decision Narrows Availability

In our defense of employers, we often see the situation where an employee who has quit makes the argument as part of the claim that the actions of the employer compelled the employee to resign. This “constructive discharge” argument can …

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New Federal Background Notice Form

In September of 2018, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau of the United States issued an update of the Agency’s model Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act notice which must be provided to applicants and employees that are subject to a background …

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Is Your Noncompete Still Valid? Technically Yes, But . . . Recent Decision Foreshadows How The New Massachusetts Noncompetition Agreement Act May Impact Existing Agreements

In an earlier post, we reported on the passage of the new Massachusetts Noncompetition Agreement Act, which takes effect on October 1, 2018, and significantly changes the law in this area by narrowing the permissible protections and imposing several new …

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Governor Baker Signs Noncompetition Bill Into Law

Last Friday, August 10th, Governor Baker signed into law the “Act relative to the judicial enforcement of noncompetition agreements” (the “Act”). Governor Baker’s signature came 11 days after the Massachusetts Legislature passed the Act. As Amanda Baer explained in her recent …

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Massachusetts Legislature Passes Long-Anticipated Act Limiting Noncompetition Agreements

On July 31, 2018, the Massachusetts Legislature passed the “Act relative to the judicial enforcement of noncompetition agreements” (the “Act”). If signed by Governor Charlie Baker, the Act will take effect on October 1, 2018 and limit the ability of …

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