Susan P. Mitchell
Susan is a paralegal in the Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Group. She routinely handles a broad range of labor and employment issues, and specializes, in discrimination law. Susan is on the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination’s list of approved trainers, and conducts discrimination and harassment prevention training for both public and private employers. She also investigates complaints of harassment and conducts ADA interactive conferences in connection with requests for accommodation. She actively participates in the defense of discrimination claims, conducting fact gathering, interviewing witnesses, and drafting related pleadings, such as Position Statements, affidavits, and discovery. Susan served for a number of years as president of the Central Massachusetts Paralegal Association. She also served on the Advisory Board for Paralegal Studies at Assumption College and the Paralegal Advisory Committee for Bay Path College. Susan has presented at the MCLE Annual Paralegal Conference, discussing the employer's perspective in preparing MCAD cases. She is an associate member of the Worcester County Bar Association. She is also a Notary Public. Susan attended Pennsylvania State University.
Massachusetts Federal Court Denies Motion to Dismiss Defamation Claim After Employee is Escorted Out of Work Following Termination
By: Jonathan Sigel, Esq. and Ashlyn Dowd, Esq. The Federal District Court of Massachusetts recently denied a defendant company’s motion to dismiss a defamation claim following the termination of the company’s Vice President. The plaintiff former employee, Sandra Madden, was …[ load webpage to read more ]
EEOC Opinion Letter: Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA)
On January 14, 2021, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) finally issued an opinion letter addressing the long standing issue of whether information about non-U.S. citizen employees working outside of the United States must be included in the information disclosure …[ load webpage to read more ]
Link Fixed! Minimum Wage Increases to $13.50 Per Hour While Holiday and Sunday Premium Pay for Retail Employees Continues Down The Path To Abolishment
As of January 1, 2021, the minimum wage for regular employees (i.e., non-tipped minimum wage employees) increased to $13.50 per hour. The minimum wage is scheduled to increase twice more, to $14.25 and $15.00 per hour, on January 1, 2022 …[ load webpage to read more ]
President Biden Issues Executive Order Regarding Workplace Discrimination
That was quick! On his first day in office, President Joseph Biden issued the Executive Order on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation. With the Executive Order, President Biden instructed each federal agency …[ load webpage to read more ]
COVID-19 Related Updates for Massachusetts Employers
New COVID Relief Bill On Monday, December 21, 2020 the United States Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, which includes several provisions aimed at providing COVID-19 relief (the “Relief Bill”). As public employers and employers with less than 500 …[ load webpage to read more ]
EEOC Releases Guidance on Mandatory Vaccinations
With Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine receiving emergency approval from the FDA, and emergency approval for Moderna’s vaccine expected shortly, many employers are wondering whether they can require employees to receive the vaccine once it becomes available to the general public. On December …[ load webpage to read more ]
Massachusetts’ Sector Specific Workplace Safety Standards for Office Spaces Updated
Governor Baker’s administration updated Massachusetts’ Sector Specific Workplace Specific Safety Standards for Office Spaces to Address COVID-19 (the “Standards”). While all employers operating office spaces are advised to review the complete Standards, key provisions are: Face coverings: workers and visitors …[ load webpage to read more ]
Paid Family and Medical Leave is Right Around the Corner!
Beginning on January 1, 2021, covered individuals in the Commonwealth will be eligible to begin using Paid Family and Medical Leave (“PFML”). Under the law – which was enacted in 2018 as part of the so-called “Grand Bargain” between the …[ load webpage to read more ]
What does the December 8th Rollback Mean for Massachusetts Employers?
On December 8, 2020, Governor Charles Baker issued COVID-19 Order No. 58, which returns all of Massachusetts to Step 1 of Phase 3 of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan, effective December 13, 2020. As a result, all “Phase 3, Step 2” …[ load webpage to read more ]
PFML Certification Form for a Serious Health Condition
This week, the Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave published a Certification of a Serious Health Condition form, which must be completed when an individual requests medical or family leave under the new Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave …[ load webpage to read more ]