Massiel L. Sanchez
Massiel is an associate in the firm’s Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Group. She represents public and private employers in federal and state courts, as well as before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Massiel advises and represents corporations and their executives on employment-related issues, including in the defense of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims; wrongful termination claims; wage payment claims; internal investigations; and employee relations matters. She also advises on policy and regulatory changes and prepares employment agreements, severance agreements, employee handbooks, and workplace policies.
Massiel is fluent in Spanish and admitted to practice in Massachusetts and Maine.
Prior to joining Mirick O’Connell, Massiel was an associate at Peabody & Arnold LLP and Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, LLP.
Bar & Court Admissions
- U.S. District Court for Massachusetts
- U.S. District Court for Maine
- New England School of Law JD (2017)
- Florida State University BS (2013)
- Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Legal Updates: “Don’t Delay: MA Employers Are Now Strictly Liable for Three Times the Amount of Wages for Late Payments With No Safe Harbor for Paying in Full Prior to Suit,” Mirick O’Connell Client Alert, April 8, 2022
Don’t Delay: MA Employers Are Now Strictly Liable for Three Times the Amount of Wages for Late Payments With No Safe Harbor for Paying in Full Prior to Suit!
Under the Massachusetts Wage Act (the “Wage Act”), if an employee voluntarily quits their employment, the employer must pay the employee their final wages, including any earned, unused vacation pay, on the employer’s next regular pay day. However, when an employee …[ load webpage to read more ]
The Times They Keep A-Changing: The New Illinois Restrictions on the Use of Non-Compete and Non-Solicit Agreements
The state-by-state non-compete reform movement keeps rolling – this time in the state of Illinois. Effective January 1, 2022, the Illinois Freedom to Work Act has dramatically changed the landscape for employers in that state who desire to use non-compete …[ load webpage to read more ]
OSHA Withdraws COVID-19 ETS, But Signals That It Is Moving Forward with Final Rule
On January 25, 2022, OSHA announced the withdrawal COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (the “ETS”). In the announcement, OSHA stated that although it “is withdrawing the [ETS] as an enforceable emergency temporary standard, [it] is not withdrawing the …[ load webpage to read more ]
Supreme Court Stays OSHA’s COVID ETS
The OSHA COVID ETS is once again stayed. On January 13, 2022, the United States Supreme Court stayed OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard which required that employers with 100+ employees require employees to either (a) become vaccinated against COVID-19; or (b) …[ load webpage to read more ]
The District of Columbia’s Aggressive Ban on Non-Compete Agreements Likely to Take Effect in 2022
In December 2020, the District of Columbia Council passed and in January 2021, Mayor Muriel Bowser signed legislation entitled the Ban on Non-Compete Agreements Amendment Act of 2020 (the “DC Act”). While the effective date of the Act was delayed …[ load webpage to read more ]
Don’t Forget! Minimum Wage Rates in Massachusetts Increase, Effective January 1, 2022
The minimum wage in Massachusetts will increase from $13.50 to $14.25 an hour, effective January 1, 2022. In addition, the minimum wage for tipped employees who make more than $20/month in tips will increase from $5.55/hour to $6.15/hour. Employers may …[ load webpage to read more ]
CDC Shortens COVID-19 Related Isolation and Quarantine Period, and Distinguishes Between Vaccinated Individuals With/Without Booster
On December 27, 2021, the CDC issued updated guidance which significantly shortens the periods of isolation and quarantine it recommends for COVID-related diagnosis and/or exposure. Specifically, the CDC now recommends that individuals who test positive for COVID-19 (regardless of vaccination …[ load webpage to read more ]
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Adopts FLSA’s Joint Employer Test
Jonathan R. Sigel and Ashlyn E. Dowd On December 13, 2021, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) considered whether the so-called “ABC Test” set forth in M.G.L.c. 149, §148B (“Section 148B”) should be applied to determine whether an entity is …[ load webpage to read more ]
OSHA Exercising Discretion in Enforcing the ETS Until January 10
As posted here, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals lifted the stay of the Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (the “ETS”) issued by OSHA. The Department of Labor announced on Saturday, December 18 that OSHA is exercising enforcement discretion …[ load webpage to read more ]
Court Lifts Stay on OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard Regarding COVID-19
On Friday, December 17, 2021, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit lifted the stay on OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard that mandates employers with 100 or more employees to require unvaccinated workers to wear a mask on …[ load webpage to read more ]