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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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More News on the Noncompete Front: Employers Should Still Expect Strict Scrutiny of Their Restrictive Covenant Agreements

7/22/19[ read full story ]

Department of Family and Medical Leave Announces Extension of Time to Provide Notice to Employees

5/2/19[ read full story ]

Commonwealth's Department of Family and Medical Leave Has Published a Workplace Poster and Notice Forms for Employees and Independent Contractors

4/30/19[ read full story ]

A Rebalancing for Wage Act Claims and Class Actions?

4/29/19[ read full story ]

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

1/30/19[ read full story ]

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

9/10/18[ read full story ]

Governor Baker Signs Noncompetition Bill into Law

8/15/18[ read full story ]

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

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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

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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 ]

Update on the Massachusetts Family and Medical Leave Act and its New Regulations and Review of the New Proposed FLSA Overtime Rules and Filing with EEOC

05/15/2019[ read full story ]

Jonathan Sigel Speaks at "Workplace Violence" Seminar

05/07/2019[ read full story ]

Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Seminar

04/04/2019[ 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 ]

Bob Kilroy quoted in Health Risk Management article, "Federal Wage and Hour Labor Laws May Confuse Healthcare Employers"

6/1/19[ read full story ]

The Summer of Noncompete Reform: Three Other New England States Get In On the Act – Part 2

Following the Massachusetts legislature’s attempt at reform of the use of employee noncompetition agreements last summer, three other New England states – New Hampshire, Maine and Rhode Island –passed their own noncompetition agreement reform bills in the summer of 2019. …

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The Summer of Noncompete Reform: Three Other New England States Get In On the Act – Part 1

Most readers are probably aware that the Massachusetts legislature, after a decade of starts and stops, passed a very detailed bill retaining but reforming the use of employee noncompetition agreements last summer.  While we were the first New England state …

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Employers Should Continue to Use Expired Form I-9

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that employers should to continue to use the currently available version of the Form I-9, even though the form lists an expiration date of August 31, 2019. USCIS intends to issue …

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More News on the Noncompete Front: Employers Should Still Expect Strict Scrutiny of Their Restrictive Covenant Agreements

In earlier posts, I reported on the passage of the new Massachusetts Noncompetition Agreement Act, which took effect on October 1, 2018. That Act significantly changed the law in this area, narrowing the permissible protections and imposing several new requirements …

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MA Paid Family and Medical Leave Act

On June 14th, we reported that Massachusetts delayed the implementation of the payroll tax under the Family and Medical Leave law by three months (i.e., until October 1, 2019). At the time, the government informed the public that the contribution rate …

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Massachusetts Delays Family and Medical Leave Act Payroll Contribution Three Months

Late Tuesday evening, news broke from Beacon Hill that the payroll tax funding the Paid Family and Medical Leave Act – scheduled to take effect on July 1st – is being delayed three months to October 1, 2019.  According to …

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Department of Family and Medical Leave Announces Extension of Time to Provide Notice to Employees

On May 1st, the Commonwealth’s Department of Family and Medical Leave announced that the deadline for the employer notice to employees has been extended from May 31, 2019 to June 30, 2019.  The notice, which may be provided electronically, must …

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A Rebalancing for Wage Act Claims and Class Actions?

Citing three Wage Act cases in 2018, I raised the question in this space whether the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court was now taking a more pro-employer view. With appointees of Governor Baker now holding a majority of the Court, did …

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Decision in Spaulding v. Town of Natick School Committee is a Message to All School Committees

A Superior Court Judge recently issued a decision holding that portions of the Natick School Committee’s Public Participation at School Committee Meetings Policy (the “Policy”) are unconstitutional. The relevant provisions, which are common in similar school committee policies across the …

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Department of Labor Releases Proposed Rule to Increase Minimum Salary Threshold for Overtime Exemption

On March 7, 2019, the Department of Labor released a long-awaited proposal to increase the minimum salary requirement for exempt employees from $23,660 to $35,308.  The DOL’s proposed rule comes nearly two months after it sent the rule to the …

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