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New guidance for Massachusetts PFML

Paid family leave form

Beginning in January of last year, Massachusetts employees became eligible for a new state-sponsored benefit that provides up to 26 weeks of job protected leave for medical and family reasons. Paid Family Medical Leave (PFML) is separate from the federal ...

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Tips for employee background checks

Background check form

Many employers rely on background checks when making important hiring decisions. In doing so, they need to comply with a patchwork of local, state, and federal laws. While federal law does not generally bar criminal background checks, state and local ...

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SCOTUS to rule in arbitration exemption case

The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard arguments over whether Southwest baggage handlers are “engaged in interstate commerce” and therefore exempt from the Federal Arbitration Act. The Arbitration Act generally requires courts to uphold contracts that include forced arbitration clauses. However, ...

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EEOC issues caregiver discrimination guidance

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a reminder that employers who discriminate against caregivers in the workplace may violate federal law. While caregivers are not explicitly called out in federal employment laws, certain assumptions can lead employers to ...

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Employee handbook reviews recommended

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) may be updating its framework for workplace rules and employee handbooks. A ruling is expected within the next several months that could affect any number of HR policies. The NLRB framework has implications for ...

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