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H1B: One More Hurdle to Creating Your Dream Team

This past Tuesday thousands of applications were submitted for coveted H1B visas. These visas are necessary for U.S. employers who want to hire high-skilled foreign workers. The majority of these applications are for workers with advanced degrees and many have … Continue reading

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When Your Workers Go Into Extra Innings: New Overtime Regulations May Be Coming

President Obama has asked the Department of Labor (DOL) to update the current overtime regulations to expand the number of workers who are eligible for overtime pay. While the actual details have not been released and may not be for … Continue reading

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Anything You Can Do We Can Do Better! Amherst Discusses Raising Town Minimum Wage to $15

While Massachusetts has been working on a bill to raise the state minimum wage to $11 an hour gradually over the next three years, Amherst is considering implementing a town minimum wage of $15 an hour. Tomorrow, March 19, 2014, … Continue reading

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BYOD: Employees Use of Personal Devices to Connect to an Employer’s Information

It seems virtually everyone has a smart phone, tablet, laptop, or other type of personal device. As these devices become more common, employees using these devices to connect to an employer’s computer network is also increasing. While there are benefits … Continue reading

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Will the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination hear from Michael Sam?

When former Missouri defensive lineman and SEC Defensive Player of the Year, Michael Sam “came out of the closet” recently, the majority of the talk has been about how the NFL is not ready for an openly gay player to … Continue reading

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Reasonable Accommodations Under the Americans with Disabilities Act

Accommodating a disabled employee under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may seem to be a daunting task. While you want to enable an employee to perform their job, you also want to avoid excessive spending or inconvenience for the … Continue reading

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CHECK PLEASE! Credit Checks for Employees

Your ability to perform credit checks on employees is coming under fire. Ten states, including Connecticut and Vermont, already have limits on an employers’ ability to use credit information in employment decisions. Soon the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission may create … Continue reading

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Shot Through the Heart- Valentine’s Day and the Risk of Sexual Harassment

When you were in elementary school you may have exchanged Valentines with each of your classmates. Then it was perfectly acceptable to give everyone a little box of candy and a card that said “Be Mine!” But the workplace is … Continue reading

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How to Avoid Dangers of Hosting an Office Holiday Party

This time of year some employers thank their employees for all their hard work throughout the year with a holiday office party. It is important for employers to be aware of the possible issues associated with holiday parties. Here are … Continue reading

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Proposed Minimum Wage Increase

Tomorrow Senate President Therese Murray will put a bill before the Senate to increase the minimum wage from $8 per hour to $11 per hour by 2016 and tie future increases to inflation.  Business owners across the state have been … Continue reading

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