It isn’t a surprise. At least, it shouldn’t be. Anyone with eyes, ears and a job has long known that employees often make sexual comments at work. Though the behavior … more

With the New Equal Pay Act Set to Take Effect on July 1, 2018, it’s Time for Employers to Evaluate their Wage Practices

The effective date of the new Massachusetts Equal Pay Act is fast approaching, and employers who have not yet begun to evaluate wage disparities between men and women need to … more

Headlines about Sexual Harassment in Business and Politics are a Call to Action for Massachusetts Employers to Train their Staffs

Recent accusations of sexual harassment by powerful men in business and politics are shining a bright light on the need for Massachusetts businesses to be vigilant about conduct in their … more

Pregnant Workers Will Enjoy Broad New Job Protections under Recently Signed Massachusetts Law

A new law set to take effect in Massachusetts early next Spring will protect pregnant women in ways many people never imagined. Beginning April 1, 2018, employers will be required … more

Reasonable Accommodation Laws Apply to Use of Medical Marijuana in Massachusetts

If there was any doubt that employers need to be careful about disciplining employees who use medical marijuana, it was ended today by the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC). It held … more

Experienced Employment Lawyer and Civil Litigator Jack Merrill Joins Kushner Sanders Ravinal LLP

Boston, MA, May 11, 2017 – Kushner Sanders Ravinal LLP (“KSR Law”) is pleased to announce that Jack Merrill, a veteran employment lawyer and civil litigator, has joined the firm as … more

MCAD Decision: Employer Duty to Reasonably Accommodate Handicapped Employees is Extremely Broad

by Jack Merrill In the usual case, employers that receive reasonable accommodation requests from their employees try to help. They may adjust a work schedule, grant a leave of absence, … more

Marijuana Use Rights Arise in Employment Situations

by Jack Merrill With the enactment of two marijuana laws in Massachusetts during the past few years, there’s never been much doubt that use of it would someday become a … more

Minimum Wage Now at $11 Per Hour

by Jack Merrill Effective January 1, 2017, the minimum wage for Massachusetts workers rose from $10 to $11 per hour. The new rate applies to almost all employees. For employees … more

SJC Holds that Second Element of Independent Contractor Test is Preempted by Federal Law

by Jack Merrill The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today weighed in on the hot topic whether and to what extent the state’s Independent Contractor Statute is exempted as applied to … more