Employment Law Articles

Wrongful Discharge Suits Made Easier

Appeals Court Decides that Virtually any Employee Handbook can be Constructed as a Binding Contract in a Wrongful Discharge Suit, Highlighting the Importance of Careful Legal Planning of Company Policies … more


Sexual Harassment Suits Easier to Prove

Supreme Judicial Court Allows Victims to Allege Events from Years Past, Making Sexual Harassment Easier to Prove and Increasing the Risks to Employers By Jack Merrill The state’s highest court … more


Sexual Conduct at Work

Separating Consensual Flirtation from Sexual Harassment can be a Difficult Task By Jack Merrill Confused employers and employees are scratching their heads. They know it’s okay for consenting adults to … more


The Massachusetts Wage Payment Law

Penalties for Failing to Pay Wages Due on Time are Severe, and Employers must be Wary By Jack Merrill It seems simple enough – an employee earns wages, leaves the … more


Employment At Will

By Jack Merrill The employment-at-will doctrine has survived challenge after challenge in Massachusetts courtrooms. It provides that the employer/employee relationship is a bargain between parties of relatively equivalent bargaining power. … more


Employee Handbooks: To Have or Have Not

Deciding whether to Formalize the Various Policies Employed by every Small Business Involves a Balancing of Competing Interests By Jack Merrill To write or not to write? That is the … more


Drafting an Employee Handbook

Writing Useful Policies without Granting Employees more Rights than the Company Intends Requires Careful Planning By Jack Merrill You’ve gone through the analysis and decided you need an employee handbook. … more


Accommodating the disabled under the ADA

Making Reasonable Work Adjustments for Handicapped Employees is Generally Quick, Easy and Inexpensive, and is Always Required by Law By Jack Merrill When the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was … more