The new Massachusetts Equal Pay Act goes into effect on July 1, 2018. The basic concept of the statute is that you cannot pay employees differently based on gender. You are busy running your business, but don't ignore this statute. You could face lawsuits that result in high damages awards and an award of the plaintiffs' attorneys' fees and litigation costs. There are attorneys who will be actively targeting your company to find violations. The statute will be irresistible because any employee will be able to show a prima facie case if he or she is paid less than employees of another gender for comparable work. The statute is unclear on the employee's burden of proof, but it may fall to the employer to justify any discrepancies in pay.
Business Litigation and Employment Law
I don’t do everything. I don’t handle personal injury claims, criminal matters, divorces, real estate transactions, bankuptcies, etc. (I can refer you to excellent lawyers who do these things). I would rather be great at a few things than okay, or worse, at everything. Employment and business law are very complicated. There are numerous state and federal statutes, regulations, guidelines, and countless court decisions. A lawyer cannot stay on top of it all by dabbling in the fields. You have to live it and breath it every day. See my blog at www.damnedif.com to see my dedication to my limited fields.
- Employment Counseling and Litigation.
- Hiring and Firing.
- Wage and Hour Issues.
- Sexual Harassment.
- Leave Issues under the ADA, FMLA and State Law.
- Business Litigation
- Interference with Contractual Relations.
- Breach of Contract.
- Defamation (slander and libel).
- Unfair and Deceptive Business Practices under Chapter 93A.
- Litigation Avoidance
- Contract review and drafting.
- Employee handbooks.
- Non-Compete Agreements.
- Employee Hiring and Firing.
- Dealing with Rogue Employees.
- Businsess partner/shareholder Disputes.
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