Author Archives: Royal LLP

Federal Contractors and Employees to be LGBT Discrimination Free

Among the flood of executive orders coming from the White House recently, is one protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender federal contractors and employees.  Yesterday, President Obama signed an executive order that protects federal contractors from discrimination based on sexual … Continue reading

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The Affordable Care Act: Upcoming Responsibilities for Employers

For the past few years it seems you could not go a single day without hearing about Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act (as it is formally known). Although the conversations have died down a bit, the Affordable Care Act … Continue reading

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EEOC Issues New Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination

This week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released guidance on pregnancy discrimination, which is the EEOC’s first update on its position regarding this issue since 1983. This guidance has sparked criticism due to some of its controversial provisions. For … Continue reading

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Will Massachusetts be the Second State to Grant Earned Sick Time to Employees?

Connecticut already has a paid sick leave law (read more here), but Massachusetts has only been considering a similar law for a few years now. In November, Massachusetts voters will have the option of deciding if we want to follow … Continue reading

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When an Employer May Punish Off-Duty Conduct

You may have heard about the Florida police officers who recently faced issues at work for their memberships in the Ku Klux Klan. One officer resigned and the other is facing disciplinary action and possibly termination. This has led many … Continue reading

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Executive Order on Sexual Orientation Discrimination in the Workplace

Massachusetts currently protects employees from discrimination based on their sexual orientation, but most states currently do not. However, President Barak Obama may soon change that. It is expected that our President will soon sign an executive order barring federal government … Continue reading

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Liar, Liar, You’ll be Fired! No Protection on Facebook

Employee’s use of social media in the workplace continues to be a land of eggshells on which employers may walk.  However, The United States Supreme Court recently refused to review a Tenth Circuit decision granting summary judgment to an employer … Continue reading

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What Does the Future Hold for Non-Compete Agreements in Massachusetts?

In April of last year, Governor Deval Patrick stated he would like to ban non-compete agreements in Massachusetts. Patrick suggests the elimination of non-compete agreements is feasible if done in conjunction with adopting the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA) which … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Outlines Affordable Care Act Exemptions for Religious Beliefs of Closely Held Businesses

Today, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, et al. that certain for-profit closely-held businesses are not required to provide health insurance coverage for methods of contraception that violate the companies’ owners religious beliefs. This … Continue reading

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A Hit to Unions, Right in the Purse

Unions took a hit today when the Supreme Court of the United States stated that in-home health care workers cannot be forced to pay dues to a union they do not wish to join. In Harris v. Quinn, a challenge … Continue reading

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