Author Archives: Royal LLP

Walgreens Settles Disability Discrimination Suit Following Termination of Employee for Theft

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) brought suit on behalf of a Walgreens employee who was fired after taking and eating a bag of chips without paying.  The employee claimed she planned to pay for the chips at the cosmetics … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Lawmakers Exclude Amendment Restricting Non-Compete Agreements

Employers have recently won a battle in the war raged against non-compete agreements.  As we previously discussed here, Massachusetts politicians have been working toward constraining, or banning altogether, non-compete agreements. The Massachusetts State Senate had an amendment to their version … Continue reading

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The Department of Labor Announces Intent of Increasing the Number of On-Site FMLA Compliance Investigations

Branch Chief Helen Applewhaite of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently called 2014 a “pivotal year for Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) enforcement.” Applewhaite announced the DOL has goals of increasing its investigators’ access to information and saving … Continue reading

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President Obama Signs Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

On Tuesday, President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), a jobs promotion bill aimed at preparing and training workers with the twenty-first century skills necessary for employment. A major goal of the Act is to prioritize career … Continue reading

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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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