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

New Pay Equity Law Means Employers Must Prevent Gender-Based Wage Disparities

by Jack Merrill In the wake of passage of the new pay equity law in Massachusetts, employers again have work to do. To prevent getting caught up in what is … more

New statute limits amount of retainage in construction contracts

A recently enacted statute limits the amount of retainage that may be withheld under certain construction contracts. “An Act Relative to Fair Retainage Payments in Private Construction” (the “Act”), codified … more

Identify your business . . . or else!

In a recent District Court Appellate decision, the court determined that when two individuals entered into a contract with a third party without disclosing that (as far as they were … more