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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.

19 Mirick O'Connell Attorneys Named to 2021 Best Lawyers and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch List

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5 Mirick O'Connell Attorneys Named to 2021 Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year"

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e-Alert: Federal Court in New York Strikes Down Parts of the Department of Labor's Regulations Interpreting the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

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PODCAST: Nick Anastasopoulos and Jim Croteau of Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage Inc. discuss How do Businesses Protect Themselves, their Employees and Clients as Businesses Start to Reopen?

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e-Alert: COVID-19: OSHA's Updated Guidance - Face Masks in the Workplace/ United States Supreme Court Issues Historic Decision Protecting LGBT Workers from Employment Discrimination

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PODCAST: Reid Wakefield discusses Fair Housing and Housing Discrimination in Massachusetts | Recorded 6.10.20

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e-Alert: New PPP Flexibility Act Extends Forgiveness Period and Maturity Date Among other Benefits

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We Stand in Solidarity: A message to our clients and our community.

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PODCAST: Brian Casaceli is joined by Stephen Graham of CEA to discuss reopening your business or building operations while minimizing the risk of becoming a COVID-19 Hot Spot | Recorded 6.2.20

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e-Alert: Update on COVID-19 Workplace Health and Safety Enforcement by OSHA and the Massachusetts Attorney General

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e-Alert: The Next Phase in the COVID-19 Battle for School Districts: Budget Cuts, Furloughs, Layoffs and Collective Bargaining

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PODCAST: Bob Kilroy discusses issues employers may face upon re-entry into the workplace during the COVID-19 Pandemic | Recorded 5.15.20

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e-Alert: Treasury Department issues New Guidance on "Necessity" Certification for PPP Loan Recipients

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PODCAST: Jonathan Sigel discusses re-entry into the workplace after the COVID-19 pandemic

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e-Alert: Massachusetts Legislature Passes Remote Notarization Bill / Recommendations to Ensure Workplace Safety in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic for Non-Healthcare Employers

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PODCAST: Arthur Bergeron talks about alternatives to nursing homes during COVID-19 | Recorded 4.27.20

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PODCAST: Rich Van Nostrand discusses Diversity & Inclusion

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PODCAST: Mike Refolo discusses Navigating your Business During COVID-19

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e-Alert: Employee Benefits Tax Relief under the CARES Act

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PODCAST: Nick Anastasopoulos discusses employer-union relations during COVID-19

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e-Alert: COVID-19 Legal Updates: Employment Law | Estate Planning | Business

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Webinar: New Regulations: Families First Coronavirus Response Act

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PODCAST: Marc Terry discusses School Law and COVID-19 (4.3.20)

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PODCAST: Brian Casaceli discusses EFMLA and FFCRA (4.1.20)

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e-Alert: Payroll Tax Relief; SBA Loans

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Bob Kilroy quoted in Worcester Business Journal article, "Key steps for businesses to survive the coronavirus crisis"

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WEBINAR: Latest DOL Guidance regarding Families First Act

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e-Alert: Extended Closure due to COVID-19 Raises Multiple Issues for Schools

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PODCAST: Amanda Baer talks about the Emergency Sick Leave Act (3.25.20)

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e-Alert: Tax Extension/ DOL Releases Poster of Employee Rights/Impact on Construction Industry

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Employment Law Webinar Recording Available

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e-Alert: Department of Homeland Security Relaxes Standards for Verifying Work Authorization

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e-Alert: Congress Passes Families First Coronavirus Response Act/ April 15 Reprieve

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e-Alert: Long-term Care and Estate Planning/ Coronavirus Impact on the Workplace/ Construction Industry

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Mirick O'Connell recognized as "Best Law Firm" for business by Worcester Business Journal

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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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Governor Files Bill to Help Delay Town Meeting Season During COVID-19 Emergency

03/16/2020[ read full story ]

The Coronavirus and Its Impact on the Workplace

03/11/2020[ read full story ]

U.S. Dept of Education and U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services Updates Joint Guidance on the Applicability of FERPA and HIPAA to Student Records

01/28/2020[ read full story ]

DOL Issues Final Rule on Joint Employer Regulations Under the FLSA

01/27/2020[ read full story ]

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Final Rule About How to Calculate "Rate of Pay" Under Fair Labor Standards Act

12/19/19[ read full story ]

New DOL FLSA Rule Issued September 24, 2016

9/26/19[ read full story ]

Massachusetts Legislature Responds to Janus Decision

9/20/19[ read full story ]

Cadillac Tax

8/1/19[ read full story ]

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

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 ]

Executive Order Loosens Open Meeting Law Requirements During Coronavirus Emergency

03/13/2020[ read full story ]

POSTPONED: Employment Law Conference 2020

04/16/2020[ read full story ]

Employment Conference 2020

04/16/2020[ read full story ]

Brian Casaceli to present, "Protecting Your Business's Customer Goodwill and Confidential Information" at the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce

01/23/2020[ read full story ]

D. Moschos and Kim Rozak to provide an "Update on the New Federal Overtime Regulations" at the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

01/14/2020[ read full story ]

Marc Terry to Present at MassEdCo's Fall Forum: Cyberbullying: Current Research and Trends

09/27/2019[ 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 ]

Employers Must Ensure Compliance with the Families First Coronavirus Response Act as they Re-Open and Recall Employees from Furlough

The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued new Questions and Answers regarding its interpretation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”). In relevant part, the DOL made clear that if an employer is calling employees back from furlough, the …

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Update: Families First Coronavirus Act

The Department of Labor issued new guidance over the weekend regarding the Families First Act, including important definitions and clarifications.  I broke down the new guidance into the overall framework of the new EFMLA and EPSLA in this recorded webinar. …

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Department of Homeland Security Relaxes Standards for Verifying Work Authorization

  As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Homeland Security has relaxed its standards requiring in-person review of work authorization documents required to complete the I-9 form. Specifically, if an employer has no employees physically present at a …

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Congress Passes Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On March 18, 2020, Congress passed a bill entitled “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” (the “Act”) aimed at alleviating several major burdens families are currently facing as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The Act, which goes into effect on …

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Executive Order Loosens Open Meeting Law Requirements During Coronavirus Emergency

Governor Baker signed an Executive Order relieving government boards and committees from compliance with certain Open Meeting Law requirements during the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency. The Order gives public bodies greater leeway to hold closed-door and remote meetings, so that government agencies …

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The Coronavirus and Its Impact on the Workplace

With cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) significantly on the rise, the World Health Organization declaring the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, and Governor Baker recently declaring a state of emergency in the Commonwealth, employers should be prepared to address a number …

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NLRB Issues Employer-Friendly “Joint Employer” Definition

On February 25, 2020, the National Labor Relations Board (the “NLRB”) announced the final rule governing “joint employer” status under the National Labor Relations Act. The determination of whether an entity is a “joint employer” with a direct employer for purposes …

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Act Requiring the Hands-Free Use of Mobile Devices Went into Effect Yesterday

On November 25, 2019, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts approved Chapter 122 of the Acts of 2019. Under this Act, operators of motor vehicles cannot use handheld electronic devices while driving. The Act specifically holds that no operator of a motor vehicle shall …

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U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Updates Joint Guidance on the Applicability of FERPA and HIPAA to Student Records

The U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently issued an update to their Joint Guidance on the Applicability of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Health Insurance Portability and …

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U.S. Department of Labor Issues Final Rule on Joint Employer Regulations Under the Fair Labor Standards Act

On January 12, 2020, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued its final rule under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) governing joint employer status, which significantly narrows the scope of joint employer liability. Under the prior Administration, the DOL …

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